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July 19, 2004

Richard Owen

The 200th birthday of Richard Owen, one of Charles Darwin's "most ferocious opponents" is acknowledged by an exhibition at London's Natural History Museum. I worked for Lancaster University for several years and cannot help but wonder what the town was like when he was born there two centuries ago.

Richard Owen went to his grave believing Darwin was wrong to argue that life evolved by natural selection operating on random mutation - but he also discovered the gorilla for science, identified the dodo, coined the word dinosaur, and founded the Natural History Museum in 1881

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 19, 2004 08:33 AM

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