Jul 31, 2009
If you’ve ever damaged your stuff because you packed it wrong, take heart: even Charles Darwin made the same error.
When a volunteer was cataloging a collection at University of Cambridge’s Zoology Museum, she ran across a curious egg with writings on it:
… Lowe and Curator of Ornithology Dr Mike Brooke, traced the specimen’s origin in the notebook of Professor Alfred Newton, a friend of Darwin’s and Professor of Zoology in the latter 19th Century.
Prof Newton had written: "One egg, received through Frank Darwin, having been sent to me by his father who said he got it at Maldonado (Uruguay) and that it belonged to the Common Tinamou of those parts.
"The great man put it into too small a box and hence its unhappy state."
Previously on Neatorama: 10 Fun Facts About Charles Darwin