A website that aims to tell you nearly everything you need (and may ever want) to know about convergent evolution.
We are a long-established Department within the University of Cambridge, where we offer world-class teaching courses, carry out innovative and forward-thinking research, and provide excellent facilities in a dynamic and inclusive environment.
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum. Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million. A walk through the museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time, from the meteoritic building blocks of planets, to the thousands of fossils of animals and plants that illustrate the evolution of life in the oceans, on land and in the air. Also a major teaching and research resource in the Department of Earth Sciences, the Sedgwick Museum collections are a national treasure.
On this site you can read and search the full texts of more than 7,500 of Charles Darwin’s letters, and ﬁnd information on 7,500 more. Available here are complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1869. More are being added all the time.
The FortyTwo team gratefully acknowledge:
Our esteemed interviewees:
Sir David Attenborough,
Professor Nicky Clayton (University of Cambridge),
Professor Anthony Edwards (University of Cambridge),
Professor Robert Foley (University of Cambridge),
Dr Anjali Goswami (University College London),
Professor Peter Grubb (University of Cambridge),
Dr Elizabeth Harper (University of Cambridge),
Professor Michael Hendy (University of Otago),
Professor Rebecca Kilner (University of Cambridge),
Professor Peter Kjaergaard (Natural History Museum of Denmark),
Professor Eugene Koonin (NCBI),
Dr Carenza Lewis (University of Cambridge),
Professor Jonathan Losos (Harvard University),
Dr Nikku Madhusudhan (University of Cambridge),
Professor L. Mahadevan (Harvard University),
Professor Mark Maslin (University College London),
Professor George McGhee (Rutgers University),
Professor Josh Mylne (University of Western Australia),
Professor Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge),
Professor Peter Robinson (University of Cambridge),
Professor Walter Salzburger (University of Basel),
Dr Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford),
Professor Eörs Szathmáry (Eötvös Loránd University),
Professor Geerat Vermeij (University of California, Davis),
Dr Matthew Wills (University of Bath),
Professor Richard Wrangham (Harvard University)
Special thanks go to:
The District, the creative agency responsible for the design of the website.
Dr Sattar Izwaini for the translation of articles into Arabic – American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Dr Inés Fernández Rosende for the translation of articles into Spanish.
Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Ed Victor, Douglas Adams’ literary agent.