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1866 in science

Summary
The year 1866 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below. Astronomy
  • May – William Huggins studies the emission spectrum of a nova and discovers that it is surrounded by a cloud of hydrogen.
  • June 4 – Pluto (not known at this time) reaches its only aphelion between 1618 and 2113.
  • Giovanni Schiaparelli realizes that meteor streams occur when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet that has left debris along its path.
Biology
  • Gregor Mendel publishes his laws of inheritance.
  • Ernst Haeckel challenges the plant/animal division of life, observing that single celled organisms, the protists, do not fit into either category.
  • Élie Metchnikoff describes the early separation of "polecells" (progenital cells) in parthenogenetic Diptera.
  • Robert John Lechmere Guppy discovers the guppy (fish) in Trinidad.
  • Frederick Smith first discovers Formica candida in the Bournemouth district of England, describing it as Formica gagates.
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