Charles Darwin, circa 1854.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (12th February, 1809) and tomorrow marks the 150th anniversary of Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species (24th December, 1859). Have you thought of joining The Friends of Charles Darwin?
Did you know:
- Darwin's theory of evolution was influenced by the famous geologist Charles Lyell.
- While working in Malaysia, Alfred Russell Wallace came up with a theory of evolution similar to those of Charles Darwin. This made Darwin hurriedly published his works so Wallace do not get the credit as the first to introduce the theory. They later had a joint publication at the Linnean Society of London, giving each other credit for the idea.
- Scientists found newly evolved finch on the Galapagos Islands in 2009. Evolution caught in the act? Newly evolved finch appears on the Galapagos Islands!
This image, titled 'Man is But a Worm,' and published shortly before his death by Punch magazine, shows the great naturalist seated on God's throne, overseeing the evolution of an English gentleman out of 'chaos.' In 1881, Darwin had published an influential book on the ecology of earthworms. Photo from Tulane University.
What will you be doing tomorrow to commemorate Charles Darwin's 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species?