12/07/2022
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
£35
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Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Price
£35

John Stevens Henslow, the man who persuaded the University to move its Botanic Garden in 1846 to the site it now occupies, is also remembered as the man who secured for Charles Darwin his berth on the ‘Beagle’ voyage. Perhaps less well known is Henslow’s intense interest in variation and examples, almost certainly chosen by Henslow, survive today in the Garden. Three of the first five chapters in Darwin’s ‘The Origin’ are about variation and his brilliant insight showed how variation provides the raw material on which natural selection operates to drive evolution. Using the Botanic Garden’s collection and echoing Darwin’s first two chapter titles, this course will explore Variation under Domestication and Variation under Nature.