Examine Evolution At Harvard Museum of Natural History

on March 5, 2013

Charles Darwin

Do you believe in creationism? How do you feel about Darwin? Are you fascinated by the origins of mankind?

The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s (26 Oxford St., Cambridge MA) current “Evolution” exhibit is dedicated to the concept that we have been fascinated by for centuries.

Harvard scientists have been particularly active in the discussion and debate about the study of evolution since the time of Charles Darwin and the University remains one of the world’s foremost epicenter for some of the most important and most exciting new research in the field.

Using the latest research and the school’s rich natural history collection, the “Evolution” exhibit invites attendees to examine the fossil, anatomical and genetic evidence which suggests that life is connected through a shared evolutionary history.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

- A showcase of evolutionary transitions including life’s move from water to land, the missing link between fish and animals and the emergence of mammals.

- A depiction of some of the animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory of natural selection

- Computer simulations that show how natural selections acts on the variation of different species to produce evolutionary change

- Behind-the-scenes looks at ongoing evolution research at Harvard

The opening lecture will be led by University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin. Shubin has made international headlines which his recent discovery of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae, dubbed the “missing link between fish and land animals. His opening lecture will discuss “the evolutionary baggage that we carry in our human genetic lineage that originated in lower animals.” It takes place on April 16th at 6 p.m. with free admission.

More information is available on the Museum’s website.