Darwin's Tree

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:22 am

darwin tree
“Attached is a photo of a tattoo I got immediately after turning in the final paperwork a little over two weeks ago for the completion of my Ph.D. in biological anthropology. It’s the first evolutionary tree that Darwin sketched in his 1837 Notebook B on the transmutation of species.” –Julienne

See Darwin’s original sketch here

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Comments (9)

  1. TommiZi

    this is so kool!!

  2. Tripp

    amazing! I have the words “I think” (in his handwriting) across my forearm. Together we have the whole page!

  3. Bubba Jim

    You are one misguided soul, look to your creator for answers. He’s the one that gave you the intelligence to pursue science. You just need to remove scientific confusion from your life.

  4. Gene

    Julienne I am getting the same one on my calf in a couple weeks!!! Tripp I am including the “I Think” verbiage too :) Bubba Jim, successful troll is successful… if by chance your serious, get the frak of my internet.

  5. Manohman

    If I meet a girl with that tattoo I’ll be speechless.

  6. Alex

    Gene & Tripp:

    Me too with the “I think” part. Dammit, I thought I thought of this first!! But no matter. We will be a small little club. Mine’s going on my forearm, btw. In the true spirit of natural selection, I am hoping it will weed out the Bubba Jims from my dating circle.

  7. Simbo

    Just had mine done :-) Wanted a tattoo for years and years (I’ll be 50 soon) but never found anything that *really* resonated with me – I’d been reading about Darwin & evolution and had seen the tree of life and knew it was the one for me!!

    (I have the ‘I Think’ and the ‘A’ is done in red for my daughter Alanah )

  8. Fran

    Wow I am planning on getting ‘I think’ too!! and i thought i was the first! congratulations Julienne! I got my PhD a 6 months ago and know the wonderful feeling of relief!Good luck for the future! xx

  9. Mitch

    PLEASE go back and get “I think” above it.



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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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