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2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work - 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'. Charles Darwin’s birthday is February 12. The English naturalist popularized the concept of evolution which explains the diversity of life. His books include The Voyage of the Beagle and On The Origin of Species


February 12 Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason
Darwin Day


Darwin Centre Natural History Museum London





It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
- The Descent of Man (1871)

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Recommended Listening

2008 Darwin Lectures - Radio New Zealand

Lecture 1 - Darwin and the Evolution of an Idea

Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis, University of Otago
In the last 2000 years there has been one idea, above all else, that has altered the way we view the world and our place in it. That idea is evolution by natural selection and the originator of the idea was Charles Darwin
(duration: 50′45″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3Lecture 2 - The Evolution of Biological Complexity

Professor Paul Rainey FRSNZ, Massey University
Professor Rainey paints a picture of life's evolution from the perspective of major evolutionary transitions, including that from solitary organisms to societies.
(duration: 51′54″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3Lecture 3 - The Principle of Evolution: Absolute Simplicity

Professor David Penny CNZM FRSNZ, Research Director, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey University
Can we find anything in biology that is not understandable, or not explainable, by the things we can observe and measure in the present? Evolution is, by far, the simplest possible way of understanding ourselves, our past, and our future.
(duration: 51′31″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3Lecture 4 - The Fossil Record

Professor Alan Cooper, Director, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, The University of Adelaide.
How should we interpret what the fossil record tells us about evolution - both in general, and with regard to how New Zealand has ended up as it is today?
Recorded 18 August in Gisborne.
(duration: 42′29″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3Lecture 5 - What Can Evolution Tell Us About Ourselves?

Professor Russell Gray, The University of Auckland
Attempts to explain human behaviour in evolutionary terms have a mixed history. Today, crude social Darwinian and socio-biological explanations are increasingly being replaced by richer, more complex theories.
(duration: 49′19″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3Lecture 6 - The Storytelling Ape

Professor Brian Boyd, The University of Auckland
Brian Boyd will focus on art, perhaps the feature of human behavior that might seem to have least to do with a struggle for existence. Can biology explain why art (music, dance, visual art, storytelling and verse) is a human universal? Why do we so compulsively invent and engage with stories we know to be untrue?
(duration: 52′25″)Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3

Darwin lecture series

In the second term of every academic year since 1986 Darwin College has organised a series of eight public lectures. Each series has been built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way, and with each lecture prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on his or her subject. Visit the Darwin Lecture Series Podcast page to subscribe to the podcast or to listen to individual lectures online.

Terry Lecture 2 - The Devil and Mr. Darwin: Creation and The Origin
Charles Darwin set out to demolish the then current theory of Special Creation. But confronted with the conflict between science and religion – he blinked and regretted it for the rest of his life. This is the second Terry Lecture presented by Keith S Thomson.

Tracing Wallace - Nineteenth century English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was a close confidant of Charles Darwin and a pallbearer at his funeral.

Places named after Darwin

Darwin, Australia,_Falkland_Islands

Charles Darwin Reserve is 68,600 hectare. It was the White Wells property and is located 4 hours North-East of Perth, Western Australia on the traditional lands of the Badimia, Widi and Binyardi peoples and represents a precious remnant of vegetation that once covered thousands of square kilometres.


Wallerawang- Charles Darwin plaque

Blues for the Bush