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I read somewhere that Darwin wrote a paper that dealt with cellular structure, but I've been unable to find the title or contents of the paper because Darwin wrote such a volume of material. What is the title of this paper or papers?

A google search does not turn up any helpful results, and a similar search in google scholar yields equally ambiguous results (at least to me, since I do not have a background in biology).

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Darwin had written lots of papers which dealt with fertilization (which involves single cells), as he primarily dealt with the reproduction, continuation and thus evolution of a species, but these did not deal with cell biology specifically.

After a closer look at the complete list of all his publications, I found that he did have two cell-related publishings, specifically about the size of cells, one entitled Bees in Jamaica increase the size and substance of their cells, and the other, Bee-cells in Jamaica not larger than in England, in which he retracts the statement he had made in the previous article.

Ultimately, to answer your question, it seems as though none of his works dealt with cellular structures.


  • Charles Darwin. "Bees in Jamaica increase the size and substance of their cells". Journal of Horticulture (15 July): 305.

  • Charles Darwin. "Bee-cells in Jamaica not larger than in England." Journal of Horticulture (22 July): 323.

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