At the 2019 Plants, People, Planet Symposium by the New Phytologist Trust, Ned Friedman discussed the important role botanical gardens play in teaching evolution and natural selection. Read more in a blogpost by Alun Salt on Botany One.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]