Posted on April 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the day that Charles Darwin sent in the first three chapters of On the Origin of Species.

That may or may not be why the Cambridge University Library chose Tuesday to announce the recovery of two lost Darwin notebooks.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the nearly 200-year-old notebooks went missing more than twenty years ago.

But on March 9, someone left them in a gift bag with a typed note — with Easter wishes for the librarian — in a public area of the library.

The notebooks include Darwin's thoughts as he worked on his theory of evolution and contain his "Tree of Life" sketch, among other thoughts.

If the WSJ article with photos of the Darwin notebooks throws up a paywall, you can read The Passive Voice's summary of the discovery.

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