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Darwin, city (1991 pop. 67,946), capital of the Northern Territory, N Australia, on Port Darwin, an inlet of the Timor Sea. Remotely situated on the sparsely settled north coast, Darwin had no rail connection with any of the major Australian cities until 2003, when the line to Adelaide was completed. Australian military personnel and their dependents make up a large part of the population. Darwin is multicultural, with large Chinese and aboriginal populations. In World War II the city was heavily bombed by the Japanese; later a military airdrome, fuel-oil installations, and a wharf were built, and Darwin became a key Allied base. Originally called Palmerston, the town was renamed (1911) for Charles Darwin because its site had been a stop (1839) during a voyage of Darwin's ship, the Beagle. The city was almost completely destroyed by a cyclone in Dec., 1974. It was rebuilt and now attracts large numbers of tourists who visit nearby Kakadu National Park.

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Darwin Port in n Australia, on the Beagle Gulf, an inlet of the Timor Sea; capital of Northern Territory. Founded in the late 1860s as Palmerston, it became Port Darwin in 1911. The Allied headquarters in n Australia during World War II, it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942. In 1974 most of the city was destroyed by a cyclone. Darwin's harbour is the major shipping point for the sparsely populated and relatively undeveloped n region of Australia. Pop. (1999 est.) 88,100.

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darwin A measure of evolutionary rate (introduced by J. B. S. Haldane in 1948), given in exponential units of change over time, such that 1 darwin = 1/1000 of the genome changed per 1000 years.

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darwin A measure of evolutionary rate (introduced by J. B. S. Haldane in 1949), given in units of change per unit time. See also HALDANE.

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darwin A measure of evolutionary rate (introduced by J. B. S. Haldane in 1949), given in units of change per unit time.

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