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Bite Size- Dr Horace Emmet

In 1889, one Dr Horace Emmet lectured on the secret of eternal youth at Magdalene College, Cambridge – he claimed that, by administering himself the ground testicles of red squirrels by way of injections, he was physically some 30 years younger and could ‘visit’ his wife daily. However, just eight weeks after his announcement, his […]

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Darwin’s tortoises

While visiting the Galapagos archipelago in 1835, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) encountered the giant tortoise and observed that, as with the finches, each island had its own unique types of tortoise. The most notable difference, it turned out, was in the shape of the shell – some giant tortoises were able to extend their necks higher […]

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