Charles Darwin's impressions of New Zealand and Australia, and insights into his illness and his developing ideas on evolution

John Hayman

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*Charles Darwin visited New Zealand in December 1835, and Australia from January until March 1836, on the return portion of his voyage around the world in HMS Beagle. *Despite the shortness of these visits, he retained an interest in these countries throughout his life, maintaining correspondence and receiving many biological specimens. *His experiences in these places influenced his thinking on evolution, particularly on the evolution of man. *Aspects of his health recorded during this part of the voyage support a new hypothesis for the diagnosis of the illness that Darwin endured for most of his life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660 - 663
Number of pages4
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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