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Happy Darwin Day

Darwin's BirthdayToday is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the man who presented evolution in such a way and with sufficient evidence that it became obvious that it was the explanation for how life developed on this planet. Others had ideas of transmutation before Darwin, and Alfred Russel Wallace even came up with a theory of natural selection very similar to Darwin's at around the same time, so it's apparent that humanity would have eventually recognized how evolution works. But Darwin's genius in presenting all the evidence for evolution in the way he did certainly gave the field a huge head start.

If you're looking for a way to celebrate Darwin Day, DarwinDay.org has a list of events from around the world. If you're in the DFW area, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science is having Drinks with Darwin from 6:30 to 8:00. If I was just a little closer, or if this was the weekend, I'd probably go. However, I think I'm just going to have to content myself with watching the lineup of evolution documentaries on The Science Channel (and maybe the episode of Walking with Dinosaurs on Animal Planet).

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Hey Jeff,

Love the picture of Darwin...did you add the hat yourself?

I attended some talks at the Natural History Museum for Darwin Day, including one by Lucy discoverer Donald Johanson, who described the theory of evolution by natural selection as 'The Grand Unified Theory of Biology" in a non-so-subtle dig at physicists.

Hope all is well with you, Irma and Alex!

-Scott

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