Francis Galton would have been the famous eccentric scientist in any family except the one he was born into. The Darwin, Wedgewood, and Galton families were thick with scientists, and Francis wasn't anywhere near the favorite. He did leave his mark in both large and small ways. The dog whistle is one of the smaller ways. Read more...
There aren’t many places on earth more mythical than the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago that sparked Charles Darwin to form his theory of evolution almost two centuries ago. Protected as a World Heritage Site, they’re bursting with life, from ancient tortoises to Darwin’s finches to bright sea creatures. But as a place for people to [ … ]
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History canceled a series of events honoring scientist Charles Darwin after two local retired engineers lobbied for discussions on “intelligent design” to be included, KRQE-TV reported. “It’s a very controversial issue,” said James...
A watercolor on the back of a page of the original On the Origin of Species manuscript A vast collection of digitizations and transcriptions of naturalist Charles Darwin‘s manuscripts is still growing in the ongoing Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History. Some notable finds in the project are doodles and paintings […]
One of Charles Darwin's quirks was his curiosity as to how the animals he studied tasted. Throughout his life, he went around the world eating exotic species. Read more...
On this day in 1871, Charles Darwin's book "Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex" was published in London.
Darwin Day, February 12th, passed last week without much fuss, even from those of us who have written at length about the man it honors. Celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday has some of the vibe of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin—there’s a hope, and a ritual, but it can be pretty lonely. Show More Summary
The genetic sequence of finches is used by composer Gregory W. Brown to create melody for his Missa Charles Darwin. He talks about the "visceral experience" of his work in Music for Writers.
On a page from Charles Darwin’s original manuscript of On the Origin of Species, two mounted swordsmen face off—one’s steed a mighty galloping carrot while the other, wearing a plumed yellow turban, approaches on a menacing-looking, four-legged eggplant. Show More Summary
The amazing change in corn over the centuries, from grass-like Teosinte to a more familiar, modern variety. Happy belated Darwin Day, though Charles Darwin's birthday and therefore his namesake day was actually February 12, 1809! Despite...Show More Summary
You'll be happy to know that the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, Jean Stothert, signed a proclamation honoring Charles Darwin's birthday: Somewhere, a Creationist is shedding a single tear.
It was Darwin Day this week, so Chas' beard features for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions
Yesterday was February 12th, the birthday of Charles Darwin, who introduced (along with Alfred Wallace) the theory of evolution to the world. Darwin remains one of the most famous scientists to have ever lived, and his life’s work was truly a staggering accomplishment. There has been an increasing movement to make February 12th Darwin Day [...]
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the rumor that Charles Darwin recanted evolution on his deathbed.
We may have Charles Darwin's children to thank for the surviving handwritten pages of the naturalist's "On the Origin of Species" manuscript. Most of the original 600 pages are lost, and of the 45 pages that exist today, many were repurposed by Darwin's brood of 10 children as art supplies. Read more...
I was going to start this post by wishing everyone a Happy Darwin Day (it's Charles Darwin's birthday), but unfortunately it's not a very happy occasion -- because this country still has far too many religious fanatics who refuse to accept the fact of evolution through natural selection: On Darwin...
Creationist Ken Ham gave us a present for Darwin Day: A 48-minute video blaming evolution (or the mindset that it supposedly leads to) for all the ills in our society.In the first minute alone, we get this gem:As we look at these symptoms...Show More Summary
In Ken Ham's world, where up is down and right is left and evolution is a fairy tale, science advocates using #DarwinWasWrongDay -- in mockery of his attempt to detract from Charles Darwin's birthday today -- is just a sign that Creationism is winning:
Researchers have identified a gene in Galápagos finches studied by English naturalist Charles Darwin that influences beak shape and that played a role in the birds' evolution from a common ancestor. The study illustrates the geneticShow More Summary
Nearly 200 years after they first inspired Charles Darwin's theories, Galapagos finches answer lingering evolutionary questions