The extravagant story of Charles Darwin’s nose

Did you know that Charles Darwin’s nose almost prevented him from making the trip aboard the HMS Beagle, which was decisive in elaborating his Theory of Evolution? And all because its captain, Robert FitzRoy, was a supporter of Physiognomy, a discipline that holds that facial features and characters are a reflection of the individual’s personality. It seems that Darwin’s little disguised nose betrayed the absence of fearlessness and determination.

Darwin’s nose betrayed some of his weak points and of course, Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle, realized… The Confidential

Fortunately, it all came down to an anecdote when FitzRoy met his future crew member in person… Darwin’s nose lied!

Physiognomy was a booming pseudoscience in the time of Darwin and Robert FitzRoy one of his disciples. Nzhistory

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