RECORD: Darwin, Francis. 1877. Charles Darwin on tailed men. The Star [Christchurch], (2 March), p. 2.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 3.2020. RN1.

NOTE: See Arthur Mellersh to Darwin 1 January 1877, The correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 25, p. 17.

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Francis Darwin writes to the Star:

"Down, Beckenham, Kent, Jan. 4, 1877.-

Dear Sir,-My father directs me to thank you for your account of the alleged discovery in New Ireland. My father does not believe in the existence of tailed men, but, even if it should, prove true, it would (as a mere inherited monstrosity) have no important bearing on evolution. Yours faithfully, FRANCIS DARWIN."


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