By Charles Darwin
Even prior to Charles Darwin replaced the area together with his concept of ordinary choice, he was once known as an eminent scientist and ordinary historian. released in 1840, his magazine of Researches into the Geology and typical background of a number of the nations Visited through H.M.S. Beagle unearths him as a author of ambitious intelligence and a prepared observer of typical and human lifestyles. Darwin's magazine encompasses each observable aspect of the animals, birds and vegetation he encountered at the five-year voyage. It comprises minute descriptions or even sketches of the hobbies and conduct of hitherto surprising species. Accompanying the entries are his personal conclusions, analyses and classificatory notes that show his ability and skill as a naturalist. Darwin's entries on ordinary phenomena are interspersed with anecdotes of the indigenous peoples he encountered, reworking his magazine from an impersonal medical checklist to a publication of real human curiosity.
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The inhabitants are chiefly landowners, together with a few shopkeepers and the necessary tradesmen, such as blacksmiths and carpenters, who do nearly all the business for a circuit of fifty miles round. The town is separated from the river by a band of sand-hillocks, about a mile broad: it is surrounded on all other sides, by an open slightly-undulating country, covered by one uniform layer of fine green turf, on which countless herds of cattle, sheep, and horses graze. There is very little land cultivated even close to the town.
They varied in size, from half to to three or four inches square; and were quite irregular in figure. In an opake vessel they could barely be distinguished, but in a glass one they were clearly visible. Under the microscope the flocculent matter was seen to consist of two kinds of confervae, between which I am quite ignorant whether there exists any connexion. Minute cylindrical bodies, conical at each extremity, are involved in vast numbers, in a mass of fine threads. These threads have a diameter of about xoVo °f a n m c n I t n e y possess an internal lining, and are divided at irregular and very wide intervals by transverse septa.
Some of the smaller birds are brilliantly coloured; and the bright green sward, browsed short by the cattle, is ornamented by dwarf flowers, among which a plant, looking like the daisy, claimed the place of an old friend. What would a florist say to whole tracts so thickly covered by the Verbena melindres, as, even at a distance, to appear of the most gaudy scarlet ? I staid ten weeks at Maldonado, in which time a nearly perfect collection of the animals, birds, and reptiles, was procured. Before making any observations respecting them, I will give an account of a little excursion I made as far as the river Polanco, which is about seventy miles distant, in a northerly direction.
Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries visited by H. M. S. Beagle by Charles Darwin