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Hunting the Beagle

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HMS Beagle is one of the most scientifically important ships ever to sail the oceans - famous for the five-year voyage during which the ship's scientist, Charles Darwin, began to formulate the ideas which would become the basis of our understanding of evolution.

But then she vanished. Now, a century and a half later, biologist and maritime historian Dr Robert Prescott of the University of St Andrews, is certain he knows exactly where the Beagle is.

First broadcast 9 January 2009 on Radio 4.

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