Charles Darwin’s Glutton Club

Share Published on October 24, 2017

Charles Darwin’s early years as a student of Christ’s College were not marked by great academic achievements. His first contribution to Cambridge life was the Glutton Club, which he formed with several friends. The sole purpose of this student society was to consume animal meat “before to unknown to the human palate”. The club did not last long, and ended abruptly after an unpleasant experience with a brown owl carcass.

Visitors wanting to learn more about Darwin’s misspent student days, as well as his more notable scientific endeavours, should visit the permanent Darwin Exhibit at the Museum of Zoology.


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