Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Chuck D!

Were he still alive, Charles Darwin would be 199 years old today. The man is lauded (and demonized) for his "controversial" ideas about natural selection, but I prefer to think of him as a naturalist first and foremost. He lived in a time where natural history was a field, and generalist knowledge was actually prized. Darwin traveled the world, saw all sorts of awesome things (like the marine iguana above), and, as a result of all that exploration and observation, he proposed the theory of natural selection.

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