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Comment 27 by aquilacane Maybe it is someone who reached Darwin's conclusions 100, 200, 300 years before him but never bothered to write it down.

Good point.

Charles Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus had most of it. He composed a family motto: ‘E conchia omnia.’

‘Everything from shells.’ Meaning there’s a common ancestor to all organic life.

Erasmus had his motto engraved not only, quite correctly, on his stationery; but also on his carriage doors. The latter rather strident approach remained until it upset his local curate.

Nothing, as they say, is new.

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