Happy 150th Anniversary!1 July 2008
150 years ago today, Darwin’s and Wallace’s papers were read at the Linnaean Society in London. This was the first time that the idea of natural selection was presented to the public. Despite the many non-scientific challenges to the theory (Scopes’ trial, Dover trial, the film Expelled), the basis of much of our understanding of biology is based on the idea of evolution through natural selection. While we understand much more about how selection occurs, as well as how genes play a role (things Darwin did not really know about) in heredity, the foundation for a great deal of modern biology was laid July 1, 1858.
And if you want to read more, here is an excellent summary of why today is significant: The Beagle Project