A series of free Stanford University lectures on Darwin’s work and legacy. Description from website: “‘Light will be thrown…’ With these modest words, Charles Darwin launched a sweeping new theory of life in his epic book, ‘On the Origin of Species’ (1859). The theory opened eyes and minds around the world to a radical new understanding of the flora and fauna of the planet. Here, Darwin showed for the first time that no supernatural processes are necessary to explain the profusion of living beings on earth, that all organisms past and present are related in a historical branching pattern of descent, and that human beings fall into place quite naturally in the web of all life.”
Understanding Evolution from USC Berkeley
Resource page of Understanding Evolution
Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.
Human Origins Initiative of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Introduction to Human Evolution from the Human Origins Initative
The past decade has seen astonishing discoveries about human origins that captivate the imagination. We walk on two legs, make tools, and have large brains. We solve complex problems and communicate through language and art. We express our feelings and our spirituality. How did we acquire these extraordinary qualities? Are we still evolving or are we ‘it’, the endpoint of the evolutionary story? These questions excite the deepest levels of human curiosity about our own identity and origins, and help shape one of the most awe-inspiring areas of scientific inquiry. ‘What does it mean to be human?’ – the theme of the Human Origins Initiative of the Smithsonian Institution – reflects one of humanity’s most profound quests. The initiative’s goal is to explore the universal human story at its broadest time scale. It seeks to stimulate new research findings that deepen an understanding of what makes our species unique and how we came to be.
Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
“Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution” focuses on the significant role that Darwin’s theories have played in explaining and unifying all biological sciences. Specimens from the Museum’s diverse collections such as insects, mammals, birds, flowers, and fossils, along with examples of our ongoing research, illustrate the importance of evolution as a scientific foundation, and how our knowledge of evolution has evolved over the last 150 years. Explore how Darwin, an indifferent student, became one of the world’s most famous scientists, and journey with Smithsonian researchers in their quests for new origins of species.
International Darwin Day Foundation
“Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section.”
Works of Charles Darwin online from Literature.org
Includes The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Origin of Species – 6th Edition, and The Descent of Man.
Darwin Correspondence Project
On this site you can read and search the full texts of more than 7,500 of Charles Darwin’s letters, and ﬁnd information on 7,500 more. Available here are complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1869. More are being added all the time.
Charles Darwin’s Library from the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Many of Darwin’s most heavily annotated texts in Darwin’s personal library have now been digitized and made available online at the website of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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