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Discovery of specimen sheets collected by Charles Darwin

We are thrilled to share that our science team has discovered historically significant specimen sheets, collected by Charles Darwin in 1832 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1831–1836).

The specimen sheets were discovered as part of the ongoing curation of the Foreign Collection and included a Type specimen of Amphiroa exilis, a red algae. The National Herbarium of Victoria now joins a shortlist of overseas herbaria who hold collections made by Darwin on this voyage.


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