His nose was ‘too’ big: 11 things you didn’t know about Charles Darwin

We celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of the father of the Theory of Evolution with the most curious facts of his biography.

Charles Darwin in 1881.

The February 12 commemorates the 209th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwinan icon in the history of science both for his characteristic physique immortalized in iconography and for the enormous amount he contributed to biology with his observations.

Thanks to his curiosity and his incessant desire to understand everything that surrounded him, the Theory of Evolution that, despite having been subjected to some touch-ups over the years, is still valid today.

However, despite how important his figure has been for biology, many aspects of your life they are still unknown to many people, so it is worth celebrating their anniversary by knowing some curiosities about him.

He entered the University when he was only 16 years old.

Like many other scientists of his time, Darwin entered the University of Edinburgh at a young age compared to what is usual today.

being doctor’s sonchose to study medicine, but it was enough a couple of visits to the operating room to discover that it was not his passion, so he ended up opting for the natural Sciences.

He began an ecclesiastical career

As paradoxical as it may seem, considering the aversion towards his theories in some sectors of the religious field, Darwin also began a ecclesiastical career at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

He did it by decision of his father; that, after verifying that the young man had no interest in medicine, he decided take your studies in a different direction.

With this, he did not achieve that the religious vocation was born in him, but he did put at his disposal the necessary resources so that he could begin the most important trip of his life.

A reverend encouraged him to get on the Beagle

During his stay in Cambridge, Darwin began attending the Botany lectures by Reverend and Entomologist John Henslow.

Soon the priest discovered that young Charles had material for biology, so he told the priest about him. Captain Robert Fitzroywho was about to start a Around the world aboard the Beagle.

Although with some initial doubts, the sailor agreed to accompany him as a naturist, in order to gather information about the different living beings they encountered during their trip.

The feat looked good, but none of them imagined that with this trip one of the most important scientific theories in history would be born.

His nose almost cost him not to get on the Beagle

Although Fitzroy ended up following Henslow’s advice, he initially had his doubts with Darwin, on the occasion of the size of your nose.

And it is that the captain was a fervent follower of the theories of Johann Kaspar Lavatera theologian who believed that a person’s personality can be measured through their physiognomy and that, for example, a prominent nose is an indicator of soft spot.

Fortunately, everything remained in a small hint of superstition and Darwin and his nose were able to boarding the boat.

Species that I discovered, to the casserole

Darwin’s love to discover new species It reached unsuspected limits, since it was not only limited to observing them and taking notes on them.

In fact, it belonged to an exclusive cambridge university clubwhose members met once a week to try rare meatslike the owl or the falcon.

And apparently he must have missed his teammates during his trips, since he also took the opportunity to taste the meat of species such as the armadillo.

He researched his own children

In 1839 the first of Darwin’s children, who had contracted marriage shortly before with his cousin emma.

The birth of the baby was a great source of joy for the couple, but also a great opportunity for the scientist to study the earliest human developmenta species on which he had not taken notes so far.

In addition, both this and his other nine children had a weak health during childhood. That is why Darwin began to read and study about the pernicious effects of consanguinity, for fear that the kinship that united him to his wife could be the cause of his ills.

suffered from hypochondria

Every time one of his voyages approached, Darwin suffered palpitations and chest pain, perhaps the result of the anxiety generated by the imminent departure.

Furthermore, during his voyage aboard the Beagle he became very ill, possibly from the Chagas disease and had to deal with serious stomach problems, which were added to the already known palpitations.

After his return he was treated for the disease until it disappeared, but the symptoms continued to torment him periodically until the day of his death.

To this day it remains a mystery if he had any sequela that could not be diagnosedalthough it is believed that the mind had a lot to do with his illness, due to the fear that from a very young age the fact of get sick.

He did not speak of the ‘survival of the fittest’

Although this term is traditionally attributed to Darwin, it was enunciated earlier by Herbert Spencera contemporary scientist of his who included it in his book Principles of Biology. In fact, it was not even used by the father of evolution in its beginnings, but he included it in the Fifth Edition of The Origin of Speciesreferring to his colleague.

Darwin’s plans for Mars

During his travels, Darwin described an island that particularly caught his attention. It’s about the Ascension Islanda small volcanic island located between the coasts of Brazil and the African continent.

The naturalist portrayed her as a desolate place, with the potential to house a lot of vegetation. Therefore, he devised a plan together with some members of the British Navy, who followed their settlement protocol for years. Finally, and still to this day, the island became an orchard, with a population of around 1000 inhabitants.

All this caught the attention of the POT; that, in addition to having used this enclave to monitor their rocket launchesalso plays with the idea of mimic the procedure on Mars.

After his death he was honored with a state funeral

Only five non-royal figures were honored in this way during the nineteenth century in England.

The Church of England has apologized.

But if there is a great honor that Church of England granted to Darwin has been that of apologize for attacking his theories for centuries.

The event took place in the 200th anniversary of his birth and, although it is already late for Darwin, it meant a sudden change of direction in this eternal dispute, which unfortunately still has many years to live.

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