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The HMS Beagle set sail on December 27, 1831, carrying with it the man who would soon set the scientific world on its ear with his theories of how life on earth evolved, and continues to. Without having taken this somewhat dangerous four-year journey, Darwin would have likely become a "country parson," and On the Origin of the Species would never have been published, says zoologist Peter McGrath in the Guardian.

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