Thursday April 17, 2008

Darwin's private papers online

For decades available only to scholars at Cambridge University Library, the private papers of Charles Darwin, one of the most influential scientists in history, can now be seen by anyone online and free of charge. This is the largest ever publication of Darwin papers and manuscripts, totaling about 20,000 items in nearly 90,000 electronic images.

This vast and varied collection of papers includes the first draft of his theory of evolution, notes from the voyage of the Beagle and Emma Darwin’s recipe book.

Darwin Online – the complete works of Charles Darwin online.

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Wednesday October 11, 2006


AmphibiaWeb from the University of California gives free access to information on the biology and conservation of amphibians. The site also gives taxonomic information for every recognised species in the world. Species descriptions, life history information, conservation status, literature references, photos and range maps. You can search the site by genus, species and vernacular name.

Search AmphibiaWeb.

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Monday October 9, 2006

Early European observations of Australia's fauna

Frederick McCoy’s Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria set out to describe the colony’s fauna. Published between 1878 and 1890, it included illustrations and text on 447 individual species. At least 250 more species were printed but never published and a further 500 were drawn.

Caught and Coloured: Zoological Illustrations from Colonial Victoria

Drawing on Museum Victoria’s rich archival sources, Caught and Coloured: Zoological Illustrations from Colonial Victoria explores the legacy of this great project.

Original drawings, lithographic proofs and manuscripts bring to life the work of both McCoy and the artists he commissioned.

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