The Coral of Life

Charles Darwin began to draw “trees of life” in 1837 (Notebook B, sheet 26), 22 years before The Origin of Species, as soon as he got back from his voyage around the world on the Beagle. The “great mass of sparse facts” that he had been gathering and thinking for some years had convinced him that all species could be in relationship with one another, by virtue of ancestors that lived in the past…

Pievani T, Serrelli E (2009). Il corallo della vita. In Charles Darwin: L’evoluzione della vita, monografia de Il Calendario del Popolo, anno 65, n. 741. Milano: Teti Editore pp. 3-4. ISSN 0393-3741 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/6699]