Spend an afternoon learning about famed naturalist Charles Darwin, take a closer look at his theories and their impact on modern science, and meet some of the scientists who are continuing his work when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Darwin Day  on Saturday, February 12, 12–5pm. Free.
Visitors are invited to learn more about evolution through natural selection, as well as specific evolutionary adaptations seen in everything from orchids to insects, and from primates to whales. Special presentations include “Genius or Lucky Fellow? Darwin’s Discovery of Natural Selection” with William Kimler of NC State University, “Darwin 101: From Earth to Space” with Lynn Rothschild of NASA Ames Research Center, and “Why Darwin’s Chest was Hairless and Other Modern Consequences of Evolving in the Wild” with NC State’s Rob Dunn.
Kids can also enjoy special “Meet the Animals: Ancient Creatures” programs in the Windows on the World theater on the third floor at 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Triangle area undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students will also be presenting their Evolution Poster Contest entries.
Darwin Day is presented in partnership with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Participating organizations include: Duke University’s Noor Lab of Evolutionary Genetics, Museum of Life and Science, NC Entomological Society, NC Fossil Club, NC State University, ParkGeek.com, St. Mary’s School, Triangle Orchid Society and Wake County Extension Master Gardeners.