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On sail, a last time…

Acaena lucida

On the last major exploration voyage made entirely under sail, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) collected this Acaena lucida on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) in the early 1840’s. J.D. Hooker was later to become one of Charles Darwin’s closest friends, and he was the one who made the formal presentation of Darwin’s and Wallace’s theory on natural selection on the Linnaean Society in 1848. Needless to say, Hooker was one of the first (if not the first!) to officially support the theory.

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