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Naturalist on HMS Beagle

Post by ajordan » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:29 pm

Hey!! Just one question...

Who was the official naturalist on HMS Beagle(Darwin's voyage in 1830's)?


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Post by alextemplet » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:28 am

It wasn't Darwin? :?
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Post by Dustfinger » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:39 am

Wasn't it only Darwin ?
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Post by asutoshsahu » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:57 pm

Darwins grand father may be !!!!!!!!

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Post by Darby » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:19 pm

As I understand it, the ship's surgeon was the "official" naturalist (that was the standard set-up in the merchant fleet), but was only too happy to let Darwin take on those responsibilities.

But I can't remember where I read it.

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Post by alextemplet » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:50 pm

That might be true, but HMS Beagle wasn't a merchant ship, she was a warship, a Cherokee class brig. I don't think Royal Navy ships carried naturalists on a regular basis, but they did have surgeons, and certainly the Beagle would've had one. Surgeons at the time learned their skills through apprenticeship, and didn't have to possess degrees, so I'm not sure how educated most of them would've been in natural science. I think Darwin was on board not on official duty but as a guest of the captain, if I remember correctly.
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Post by Darby » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:00 pm

True, true - since she was used in surveys that ultimately had more economic impact than military, I was thinking of her as a merchant vessel.

There are apparently several versions of just how Darwin wound up on the Beagle - a few "official" ones and some interpretations, based on class issues that were not really talked about, that don't quite match those.

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Post by Dustfinger » Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:32 am

Well Darwins Granddad certainly wasn't on the BEAGLE. And Darwin wasn't there officially, just privately.
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Post by ajordan » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:02 pm

Thanks everyone for answering my question!

It's a 5+ bonus in Biology. I already answered Darwin and that was wrong, but I did find out the answer. It was the surgeon, as another person said.

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Re: Naturalist on HMS Beagle

Post by Cden21 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:11 am

The answer is Charles Darwin. I know this because I just got it right on a biology quiz online through Connect.

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Post by Darby » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:22 pm

It might have been "right" on the quiz, but it's still wrong. Quiz writers aren't always right.

Or they might have been defining it more broadly...

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