First of July: Natural Selection’s Birthday

The Natural History Museum in London says: Happy Birthday natural selection. Excerpts:

Evolution by natural selection was an idea revealed to the world 150 years ago tomorrow, by 2 men, the famous Charles Darwin, and the not so famous Alfred Russel Wallace.

The news has not yet penetrated into deepest Louisiana. Nevertheless:

Wallace and Darwin both came up with biology’s most important concept and their theory was presented to the Linnean Society in London on 1 July 1858.

That was, of course, just the beginning. A year later, Darwin published Origin of Species, on which he had been working for 20 years. Next year is the 150th anniversary of that event.

Scientists had been looking for an explanation of how and why there was such an amazing variety of life on Earth.

Wallace and Darwin explained this diversity through the idea that species evolve by a process called natural selection.

At the end of the article are several links to a great deal of additional information. Send the article to someone in Louisiana. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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  1. Refugees from Louisiana will be very welcome in the UK, where a number of Darwin events are on offer. For details, see