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Charles Darwin's close colleague and friend, Joseph Dalton Hooker, was educated at the University of Glasgow where his father was Regius Professor of Botany.

The university's Hunterian Museum includes collections connected with Captain Cook's voyages of discovery, one of the inspirations of Darwin's own yearning for travel, and Gideon Mantel's specimens of dinosaur fossils.

The Jeffrey Library at the Mitchell holds one of the few remaining original double-elephant-size editions of Audobon's Birds of America, one of the finest early folios of natural history illustration. Audobon was an inspiration to the ornithologist and publisher John Gould who assisted Darwin in his analysis of the bird specimens collected during the voyage of the Beagle.

Wild turkey from John James Audobon's Birds of America (1839) ((Mitchell Library, Special Collections, Glasgow).

Wild turkey from John James Audubon's Birds of America (1839) ((Mitchell Library, Special Collections, Glasgow).

Aye Write!
Go to the Aye Write! website for details of the 2009 festival which includes Darwin-themed sessions.

Visit Glasgow
Go to Glasgow: Scotland in Style for visitor information for the city.

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