posted on: 01/20/2010 - 12:41pm by Cosmos
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that I am a huge fan of anyone that can make a career (and revolutionary scientific discoveries along the way) of digging for bones. Thankfully the current exhibition at the Natural History Museum, titled Darwin: Evolution\Revolution, gives such a person, Charles Darwin, his just due.
The exhibition represents the largest showcase on the famous 19th-century English scientist ever assembled on the 200-year anniversary of his birth. It traces Darwin’s life story, starting with his early education and the events that led to his fateful decision to accept a position as the ship’s resident naturalist (a.k.a. bone digger) on the aptly named HMS Beagle.
Darwin: Evolution\Revolution features many original items Darwin unearthed and collected during his five-year research trip, including plant and insect specimens, bones, and fossils (which are basically really old bones and other organic materials that have been turned into rocks). Also on display are live animals, like my friend Verdi the iguana, who presides over the central exhibition space.
Even more important, the exhibition reveals how Darwin came up with his revolutionary theories on evolution and natural selection, which he published in his groundbreaking study, On the Origins of Species, in 1859. These theories have since formed the basis of all biological sciences, proving once and for all that not only are all animals, including humans, related, but some of us are just more evolved than others.