Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Year of Darwin 9/27/2014: To hell with Owen

 Charles Darwin

"Owen, I do not doubt, will bitterly oppose us; but I regard this very little; as he is a poor reasoner & deeply considers the good opinion of the world, especially the aristocratic world.Charles Darwin, Letter to A.R. Wallace, April 1859

Sir Richard Owen is not remembered well. Though he gave dinosaurs their name (and it was a good one - "terrible lizard"), he opposed evolution and, in particular, the idea that man and ape shared common ancestry. He lost (though many cling to the same ridiculous notion).
Portrait of Owen from Wikipedia

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