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Unformatted text preview: Darwin had cataloged and described all of the species collected on his Beagle trip except one: a barnacle. Darwin felt that he should establish himself as an expert on one species before daring to make generalizations about all of them. His growing friendship with Joseph Hooker reinforced this feeling. Hooker was a botanical expert who, in one of his letters to Darwin, included a comment which Darwin took to mean that those who speculated about species and evolution– including himself–should be more careful. And Darwin himself remained anxious about the consequences of his theory of evolution by natural selection. Even though he had great confidence in it, he worried for his reputation and for the survival of his theory if he published it without being able to support it with irrefutable evidence. Finally, it turned out that barnacles, far from being support it with irrefutable evidence....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
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