Reginald Southey with skeletons and skulls, 1857, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of the Species was published.
This photograph, part of a series recording artefacts in the museum at Oxford University, shows Reginald Southey (1835 - 1899), a medical student at Oxford and friend of Lewis Carroll, posed with the skeletons of a human and a monkey.
Debates were raging in Oxford at the time over Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution. Carroll made several prints of this photograph, selling them at the famous evolution debate in 1860.