This book is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates the author’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. The author's five-year journey took him from the coasts of South America, Australia, and Africa to the South Pacific islands, during which he collected and documented the natural history of these areas. The voyage and the specimens he brought back would later form the basis for his famous theory of evolution.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 1st on 25 Greatest Science Books of All Time (Discover Magazine)
- 5th on Best Science Book Ever (the Royal Institution of Great Britain)
- 23rd on Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time (National Geographic Adventure Magazine)
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