Happy Anniversary!

Today the Origin of Species (oh, that was by that Charles Darwin chap, by the way) is 149 years old. First published in 1859, that book helped revolutionize biology et al for 150 years. Currently it is every creationist’s excuse as to why evolution is wrong because the theory obviously hasn’t changed in 150 years, especially not to include genetics and all of the other subsequent findings about genetics, environmental influences, etc.

So to all of you evolutionary biologists out there, have a drink for Darwin!

And remember, next year on 12 February is the 150th Darwin Day. So beat people to the stores and buy your Darwin Day presents and decorations early. We’ll be doing the traditional bobbing for genes, pin the vestigial appendage on the organism, and the Most Science-y Beard contest.

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3 responses to “Happy Anniversary!

  1. w00t!

    Long… frakkin… book. I probably would have appreciated it more if I wasn’t 13 and didn’t have 7 other books to get to that summer. However, I still found the theory presented in it to be beautiful and full of sense.

    One day, I’ll re-read it, with much greater appreciation!

  2. Do the Darwin Day decorations go up the day after New Year’s? Do the shopping malls start their endless loop of Darwin Day carols then as well? :)

  3. Do the Darwin Day decorations go up the day after New Year’s? Do the shopping malls start their endless loop of Darwin Day carols then as well? :)