RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 'Talking with Bunbury & Lonsdale' (2.1842) CUL-DAR205.9.146 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections by John van Wyhe 11.2010. RN1

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Jan Feb. 1842

Talking with Bunbury & Lonsdale — They seemed to consider that it was wonderful shells were not preserved at bottom of New Red Sandstone — if killed by oxide of iron — Good God every generation preserved — do all the shells which have lived during last 5000 years on British shores — & during [illeg] denudation for be preserved = this is the root of innumerable errors =

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