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Lay for the Day
24th November

1859: Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is published, outlining his theory of natural selection through survival of the fittest.

Freaks of Nature

Man evolved from a dolphin
stranded in a tree
who grew legs to get down.

Dinosaurs evolved from crude oil
trying to invent the internal combustion engine.


John Gibbens, from Man’s Laughter / Simples

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