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Darwin's Letter to Lyell

Richard Owen, though he had a difficult temperament, was one of the most respected scientists of his day, and Darwin had entrusted many of the fossils he had collected in South America to Owen for analysis. But Owen did not accept Darwin's theory, and was apparently jealous of the interest generated by On the Origin of Species. Here Darwin describes a conversation with Owen shortly after its publication.

Credits: Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection 1825-1859. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt. Cambridge University Press 1996. Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press.

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