January 14, 2009
This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose observations of nature propelled theories of evolution of life on Earth. What are you doing to celebrate?Hagerty Library is commemorating this event with an exhibit on Darwin focusing on his trip to the Galapagos Islands on the HMS Beagle. On display is a copy of the book that started it all, On the Origin of Species...published in 1859. Also on display are materials about Darwin, the Scopes Trial, public response to his theories, and the diversity of flora and fauna of the Galapagos. Best of all--Galapagos finches (captured and preserved in 1901) are on display on loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences! Finch variations in beak-shape from island to island led Darwin to speculate about adaptation. Check out the exhibit on the second floor of Hagerty near the stairs. And special thanks goes to Sciences Librarian Peggy Dominy for putting this exhibit together.