Darwin Diary 2009 published

03 July 2008

Get your life in order next year with the Natural History Museum's new Darwin Diary 2009.

Darwin Diary 2009

Darwin Diary 2009

This week-by-week diary is launched to commemorate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin in February 2009, and highlights key events in Darwin's life with stunning images throughout.

24 November 2009 is 150 years since the publication of Darwin's The Origin of Species, the publication that began Darwin's revolution of the way we understand life on Earth.

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative scientists who ever lived. In The Origin of Species he explains his theory of evolution by natural selection, an idea that is fundamental to the study of life sciences.

Happy birthday natural selection

The idea of evolution by natural selection was revealed to the world 150 years ago this week. Two men, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, had come up with the same theory. In the process of natural selection, organisms most suited to their environment survive and reproduce and pass their advantages to their offspring. Darwin's and Wallace's ideas were presented to the Linnean Society in London on 1 July 1858.


Darwin200 is a national programme of events celebrating Charles Darwin's scientific ideas and their impact around his 200th birthday on 12 February 2009.

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