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Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, 1839–43,Vol.2 Part 3, Birds.

Charles Darwin ( edited and superintended by). Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, 1839–43,

 

Darwin had intended to collect and preserve the bird in this illustration. But it was served to him for dinner instead! Horrified upon discovering content of his meal, he wrote, “It was cooked and eaten before my memory returned. Fortunately the head, neck, legs, wings, many of the larger feathers, and a large part of the skin, had been preserved.” Based on an analysis of the surviving parts, the ornithologist John Gould named the bird Rhea darwinii

 

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Taken on August 19, 2008