Happy Birthday, “Chuckie D!”
HAPPY 202nd Birthday, Charles Darwin!
(Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch, his first diagram of an evolutionary tree from his First Notebook on Transmutation of Species (1837) on view at the the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.)
Interpretation of handwriting:
“I think case must be that one generation
should have as many living as now. To do this and to have as many
species in same genus (as is) requires extinction . Thus between A + B
the immense gap of relation. C + B the finest gradation. B+D rather
greater distinction. Thus genera would be formed. Bearing relation” (next
page begins) “to ancient types with several extinct forms”)
Today is Charles Darwin’s 202nd Birthday. How are YOU celebrating? Go to The International Darwin Day Foundation to explore your options!
Send an ADORABLE Darwin ecard!
Find events in your area.
No geologist/biologist/evolutionist/paleontologist’s car is complete without the Darwin fish! Make sure the car behind you knows you’re a supporter of evolution…or in my case, really make a creationist mad.
I had my T.rex eating a religious fish (seen here) ripped off of my car. Whoever did it only snapped the tail off, though, so now I have it proudly displayed on my dashboard as a reminder that we still have a long way to go. Click the T.rex to get yours!
How am I celebrating Darwin Day?
This pint sized Charles Darwin is quiet, pensive, and will accompany you on all of your naturalist adventures! I couldn’t resist. The best part? If you take his head off you can see a glimpse of his “inner ape” inside! He’s definitely going to go on all of me and paleeoguy’s adventures (especially when we go to the Galapagos) and you can get one too!
Go here to get yours! Archaeopteryx lithographica not included.
Check out this GREAT blog: Michael D. Barton’s The Dispersal of Darwin!
Totally inspired? Get a science tattoo! Be sure to send a picture to Carl Zimmer after you’re done. This one is b-e-a-utiful.
I leave you with an inspirational quote from Darwin himself:
“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would
have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of
their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.”
Leave a comment, how did you celebrate?
Have a great Saturday, everyone!