Darwin on pigeon evolution, illustration

Darwin on pigeon evolution, illustration

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Darwin on pigeon evolution. Illustration of pigeons studied by British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) as part of his work on evolution. At centre is a dead specimen of the rock pigeon (Columba livia), from which domesticated pigeons evolved. The types of domesticated shown here are (clockwise from top left): an English Pouter, an English Carrier, an English Fantail, a Short-faced English Tumbler, an African Owl, and an English Barb. Darwin's studies of variation in domestic animals and plants informed his work on evolution by natural selection. Artwork from Darwin's 'The variation of animals and plants under domestication' (1868).

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