Engaging people with plants – PPP2019

by Alun Salt
September 5, 2019

The anniversary of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 24, 2015

The anniversary of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’

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On this date, November 24, in 1859, Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, was published in London. Darwin was an avid reader of the horticultural literature of his time and his deep knowledge of domestication history (artificial selection) played a critical role in helping to explain the broader principle of natural selection to […]

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Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

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February 12 is Charles Darwin’s 204th birthday, cause for celebration here at the Arnold Arboretum. For twenty-four hours beginning after midnight, our homepage will feature a rotating set of Darwin’s quotations on trees and plant biodiversity. Many of the key insights that Darwin used to make his case for evolution by natural selection came from […]

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Darwin does it again

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 13, 2011

Darwin does it again

The name Charles Darwin is synonymous with modern evolutionary thought. While best known for advancing the theory of natural selection, Darwin had a hand in numerous areas of evolutionary biology. In the field of evolutionary developmental biology (“evo-devo”), Darwin devoted an entire chapter of On the Origin of Species (1859) to arguing that modifications during […]

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