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I'm busy, try Darwin!

Rev. Leonard Jenyns, one of the stalwarts of the Institution, was asked to go on the voyage of The Beagle, but declined saying he was far too busy with his parish but recommended his friend Charles Darwin go instead!!

Curatorial Curiosities

brain coral, <i>Diploria labyrinthiformis</i>

Labyrinthiform Anthozoan: This brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis, is a reef building coral from tropical areas of the west Atlantic Ocean. It is a member of the class Anthozoa (a name derived from the latin for "flower-animal") within the phylum Cnidaria (a name derived from the latin for "sea-nettle").