Charles Darwin's Evolutionary Ideas Notebooks Scanned and Stuck Online

By Gary Cutlack on at

30,000 pages of notes written by Charles Darwin have been digitised and put online, giving academics a chance to see how he formulated his famous claims that your great granddad was actually a monkey and his great granddad was a crab.

The notes, digitised by the University of Cambridge, start in 1835 and continue up to the year of his death in 1882, and show the first use of the term natural selection to describe how we slowly crawled out of the sea and evolved fingers in order to get on the internet all day.

They're heavy reading and he didn't do many funny drawings. 6/10. [BBC]