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Published on Apr 24, 2009
In 2009 the Yale Peabody Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species with a new original exhibition.
Darwins writings inspired a revolution in our understanding of the natural world; his ideas are as relevant today as they were in 1859. The Museums exhibition will place Darwin in the context of his times and explore how his ideas, and the concept of natural selection in particular, continue to support critical discoveries by scientists today.
Darwins insight — that small changes due to natural selection accumulate to profoundly transform how plants, animals, and other organisms look and function — in its time shattered the worldview of many. With archival material from the Peabodys collections, the exhibition will show how two of Darwins contemporaries at Yale, James Dwight Dana and Othniel Charles Marsh, were influenced by his work, and how they in turn influenced Darwin.