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Darwin’s Polar Bear

- February 21, 2018 in arctic, arctic bears, bears, charles darwin, Comte de Buffon, evolution, James Lamont, natural selection, oliver goldsmith, polar bears, Science & Medicine

Musings upon the whys and wherefores of polar bears, particularly in relation to their forest-dwelling cousins, played an important but often overlooked role in the development of evolutionary theory. Michael Engelhard explores.

Engravings from Oliver Goldsmith’s History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1825)

- December 27, 2012 in animals, collections, Images, Images-19th, Images-Animals, Images-Engraving-Line, oliver goldsmith

“Beautiful and appropriate” engravings for Oliver Golsmith’s History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1825). Oliver Goldsmith was (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his pastoral poem The Deserted Village, and his plays The Good-Natur’d Man and She Stoops to Conquer. He is also thought to have written the classic children’s tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase “goody two-shoes”. Along with Joshua Reynolds and Samuel Johnson he was a founding member of “The Club” in 1764, a London dining club who would meet weekly bringing together the leading lights of the city’s artist and literary scene. (All images taken from A History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1825) housed at the Biodiversity Heritage Library, contributed by the University of California Libraries. Also viewable in book-reader format at the Internet Archive. Hat-tip to Pinterest user Donato Ricci). Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via [...]