Sunday, February 12, 2006

Happy Darwin Day!

Today, 12 February 2006, is the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. (Yup, he was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln, a piece of trivia well-worn by yours truly's fellow quiz bowlers.)

Tributes to Darwin and his contributions to modern science have been popping up all over the web, but my favorite so far is Ancestral Magnitudes, written by a group of contributors to Daily Kos. It's a fun read, it's not highly technical, and it does a great job of capturing the awe of the natural world that draws so many of us into science. No explicit bug content, but it does illustrate the fascinating similarities among us siblings-under-the-cuticle.

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