Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin! (You are invited to the Birthday Party)
This February 12th is Darwin's 200th Birthday (http://www.darwinday.org/) and 2009 is the sesquicentennial of the publication of "On the Origin of Species".
The Departments of Biology, Anthropology, Geology and Psychology, along with the Evolutionary Studies (www.newpaltz.edu/evos) program (supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation) are sponsoring a number of activities and events the week of February 9th:
To kick off the celebration, students and faculty from Anthropology, Biology, Geology and Psychology have created displays in the lobby of the Sojourner Truth Library. Here, are some examples of Charles Darwin's Ideas ....... (ooooh primate skulls .... ooooooh a monkey! ....)
Here is your evolutionary history (didn't know your were a Deuterostome, did you!?)
Traditional collecting of specimens during the 17th, 8th, 19, and 20th century allowed naturalists such as Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and Henry Bates to discern a pattern in morphological relationships and biogeography.
Traditional geology provided the early evidence of Deep Time, Descent with Modification, Diversification, Extinction, etc.
.... and Modern Evolutionary Psychology provides the controversy and heated discussions that have marked the topic for 150 years.
Be sure to visit us for Darwin Week, February 9th - 16th.