Newsweek

How a Rare Darwin Sketch Finally Got Published

More than 180 years ago, Charles Darwin drew an orchid in Argentina. Now it’s being published in "Plant."
Scabiosa crenata, fruit.
10_21_PlantLife_01 Source: Rob Kesseler

In 1833, a little more than a quarter-century before publishing On the Origin of Species, with the Beagle at anchor off the treeless shores of Port Desire, southern Argentina, Charles Darwin sat down and drew a flower.  Just one flower, a not very good specimen of Gavilea patagonica, the foot-high orchid of temperate grassland that’s

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Newsweek

Newsweek12 min readTech
Russia May Have Already Hacked the 2018 Midterms
It's possible the Russians perfected their attacks on electronic voting machines in the 2016 elections without tipping their hand.
Newsweek5 min read
How a Stunning 1983 Prince Recording Was Lost and Found
"The things [Prince] left behind are, in many cases, better than another artist’s very best work," said Michael Howe, chief archivist for the Prince estate.
Newsweek6 min read
Director Sacha Gervasi on HBO's 'My Dinner With Hervé'
The movie, starring Peter Dinklage, depicts the rollicking—and tragic—life of the "Fantasy Island" sidekick.