Friday, June 20, 2008

150 years of natural selection, plus other events

As Olivia Judson notes in her blog, "July 1, 2008, is the 150th anniversary of the first announcement of his discovery of natural selection, the main driving force of evolution. Since 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth (Feb. 12), as well as being the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterpiece, “On the Origin of Species” (Nov. 24), the extravaganza is set to continue until the end of next year."

As PZ Myers says, get ready to party like it's 1859.

[Added 22 June: There's another piece on the anniversaries, and Darwin and Wallace, in The Guardian, by Robin McKie.]

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