Darwin's Long-Lost Beetle Resurfaces on His Birthday

February 12, 2014 9:18 PM

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Darwin's Long-Lost Beetle Resurfaces on His Birthday

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin! To celebrate the late evolutionary biologist's 205th birthday on Wednesday, an entomologist is "regifting" one of the beetles Darwin collected during his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle.

Darwin picked up the beetle and several other insect specimens in 1832 when he visited Bahia Blanca in Argentina. He brought the bug back to London's Natural History Museum, but no one ever got around to classifying it. The specimen was considered lost for many years.

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