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Rediscovering Darwin: The real story of Darwin's finches

The 11th Annual Grant Lecture investigates the myth about Darwin discovering evolution in the beak of a finch.

Since 1982 we have known that Darwin did not discover evolution in the Galapagos Islands when he saw the specially adapted beaks of the finches which now bear his name. But one question has remained unanswered, if Darwin did not invent the story, who did? This lecture will reveal the unexpected origins of one of the most popular myths about Charles Darwin.

John van Wyhe is a Darwin historian at the University of Cambridge. He is founder and Director of Darwin online and a Bye-Fellow of Christ's College. He is co-editing a volume of Darwin's Beagle field notebooks and editing a volume of Darwin's complete shorter publications for 2009. His recent research has revealed that Darwin did not delay publishing his theory for many years after its discovery.


Dr John van Wyhe | talks | www


Date and Time:

14 November 2007 at 4:30 pm


1 hour



Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
Rockefeller Building
University Street
020 3108 2052

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