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150th Anniversary of Darwin’s ‘Origin’

November 24, 2009

 

The 1859 cover of the Origin of Species

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s seminal work, On the Origin of Species.  Published on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s book introduced the theory that populations evolve over generations through a process of natural selection.  Darwin wrote the book to be read by non-specialists and On the Origin of Species garnered widespread attention from the general public after its publication.

 

La Cumbre Erupts in Galapagos Islands

April 14, 2009
A Galapagos Land Iguana

A Galapagos Land Iguana

La Cumbre volcano on uninhabited Fernandina Island, one of the Galapagos Islands, began erupting on Saturday after nearly fours of inactivity. While the volcano is not a threat to inhabitants on nearby Isabela Island, it is a threat to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos.  Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos during his voyage on the HMS Beagle and its unique species helped him formulate his theory of evolution.  For more information on the eruption, see here.

Free Lecture Tomorrow at Sternberg Museum

February 20, 2009
Charles Darwin by G. Richmond

Charles Darwin by G. Richmond

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin’s signature work on natural selection, Dr. David Armstrong, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, will present The Darwinian Revolution: A Progress Report on Saturday, February 21 at 4pm. The talk will take place in the Sternberg Museum’s Engel Educational Center. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Armstrong holds degrees from Colorado State University (zoology), Harvard University (science education), and the University of Kansas (systematics and ecology). Since 1971, he has taught a wide variety of courses on ecology, environmental studies, mammalogy, vertebrate zoology, and the history of biology, including “The Future of Spaceship Earth” and “The Darwinian Revolution.” He has published a number of books and articles, mostly on mammals in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Colorado Plateau.  For more information contact Brian at 628-5502, brian.c.bartels@gmail.com.

Want to Learn More About Darwin?

February 12, 2009

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, there is a blog swarm to provide information for educators, students & others about Darwin’s life, his work, and the theory of evolution to name only a few topics.  Click on the Blog for Darwin logo to access more information.

200th Anniversary of Darwin’s Birth

February 12, 2009

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Anniversary of Darwin’s Birth

Today, February 12th, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.  Renown for his theory of natural selection, which forms the basis of contemporary evolutionary theory, Darwin’s work remains a vital part of biology today. 

Darwin’s best known work is On the Origin of Species, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of its publication in 2009.  Even excluding his work on natural selection, Darwin was an important naturalist, biologist, and geologist and also a prolific writer.  Other important works by Darwin include Voyage of the Beagle, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. 

 

 

 

 

Free Lecture at Sternberg Museum, Feb. 21 @ 4pm

February 9, 2009

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Lecture in honor of Darwin

February 12 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin’s signature work on natural selection. To commemorate these events, Dr. David Armstrong, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, will present The Darwinian Revolution: A Progress Report on Saturday, February 21 at 4pm. The talk will take place in the Sternberg Museum’s Engel Educational Center. It is free and open to the public. If you have any questions contact Brian Bartels, (785) 628-5502, bcbartels@fhsu.edu