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Megatherium americanum
Scale 9 Diat: herbivore , Hierachy 2
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Play: Megatherium has a MOVE of 2 and is EXTINCT.
“To my great joy I found the head of some large animal, imbedded in a soft rock. — It took me nearly 3 hours to get it out: As far as I am able to judge, it is allied to the Rhinoceros.” Darwin, 1832: On finding a Megatherium specimen.

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Graphic by Rachel
Megatherium (/mɛɡəˈθɪəriəm/ meg-ə-theer-ee-əm from the Greek mega [μέγας], meaning “great”, and therion[θηρίον], “beast”) was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to South America that lived from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene.[1] Its size was exceeded by only a few other land mammals, including mammoths and Paraceratherium. The first fossil specimen […] read more

Beagle Runs Ashore

Event Card
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Play: Can be played at the start of one’s TURN for below effect, and then discarded.
Effect: All other players miss their turn. In effect, the player who uses this card can add an extra three ACTIONS during their TURN.

Graphic by Simon
HMS Beagle was a Cherokee-class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy, one of more than 100 ships of this class. The vessel, constructed at a cost of £7,803, was launched on 11 May 1820 from the Woolwich Dockyard on the River Thames. In July of that year she took part in a fleet review celebrating […] read more

Chile Darwin’s Frog

Rhinoderma rufum
Scale 4 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: This frog has a MOVE of 2.
Fact: The Chile Darwin’s frog is currently listed as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN, but as there have been no confirmed sightings since around 1978, it may be EXTINCT.

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Graphic by Golly
The Chile Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma rufum), also called the Northern Darwin’s frog,[2] is one of only two members of the family Rhinodermatidae. It is endemic to central Chile. The Chile Darwin’s frog has a snout to vent length of about 32 mm (1.3 in). It has a fleshy proboscis, slender limbs and feet webbed between the first […] read more

Fitzroy Dolphin

Lagenorhynchus obscurus
Scale 8 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3


Play: This dolphin has a MOVE of 2.
Fact: Darwin described this species as Delphinus fitzroyi from a specimen harpooned off Argentina in 1838.

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The dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) is a dolphin found in coastal waters in the Southern Hemisphere. Its specific epithet is Latin for “dark” or “dim”. It is very closely genetically related to the Pacific white-sided dolphin, but current scientific consensus holds they are distinct species.  Charles Darwin also described what turned out to be this […] read more

Specimen Preservation

Event Card

Play: You can play this card immediately after your opponent has played an EVENT card “on top” of one of your SPECIES.
Effect: Negates the effect of the EVENT card.

A zoological specimen is an animal or part of an animal preserved for scientific use. Various uses are: to verify the identity of a (species), to allow study, increase public knowledge of zoology. Zoological specimens are extremely diverse. Examples are bird and mammal study skins, mounted specimens, skeletal material, casts, pinned insects, dried material, animals […] read more

Darwin’s Tanager

Pipraeidea darwinii
Scale 5 Diat: omnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: Darwin’s Tanager has a FLIGHT of 2.
Fact: The Darwin’s Tanager is considered a separate subspecies from the blue and yellow tanager, because it has a green back instead of a black one.

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Graphic by Robert
The blue-and-yellow tanager (Pipraeidea bonariensis) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family, thetanagers. It is found in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, extreme northern border Chile, andAndean Peru and Ecuador. Some southern region birds migrate northeastwards in the austral winter into eastern Bolivia and northeastern Argentina; also Paraguay where the birds are only […] read more