Anniversary Dinosaur Walkabout

Darwin and The Crystal Palace

Charles Darwin was a frequent visitor to the Sydenham Crystal Palace and there are many links between his work and the Natural History of the Palace. A case in point is the Megatherium (above), whose skeletal remains were collected on the Voyage of the Beagle.

Join us on Sunday for an Anniversary Tour of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.



Sunday 17th February 2008
STARTS at 1 p.m.

There is no charge for this walkabout


Park Information Building
Penge Entrance, off Thicket Road



199th Charles Darwin Anniversary

Charles Robert Darwin born 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire; died on 19 April 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection(1859) - Introduction

"WHEN on board H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent. These facts seemed to me to throw some light on the origin of species - that mystery of mysteries, as it has been called by one of our greatest philosophers. On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years' work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; these I enlarged in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed to me probable: from that period to the present day I have steadily pursued the same object. I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision........"

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