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Darwin and His Flowers: The Key to Natural…

Darwin and His Flowers: The Key to Natural Selection

by Mea Allan

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In Charles Darwin's ‘Origin of Species’, which burst like a bomb on Victorian Britain, he asked: ‘Was the world really created in six days — or did it take millions of years?’ He suggested that organic beings had in that time gone through a struggle for existence — and survived, or failed to adapt and become extinct.

What has never been pointed out about Darwin and the ‘Origin’, the most important biological book ever written, is that it was through his studies of flowers that he put his Natural Selection theory to the test.

For the first time, in ‘Darwin and His Flowers’, the story is knowledgeably and sensitively told by Mea Allan who has already won a wide public with ‘The Tradescants’, ‘The Hookers of Kew’, ‘E. A. Bowles and his Garden’ and other biographies. Her text is extensively illustrated with photographs and drawing from a great variety of sources...
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