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News Release 09-230

Anniversary Edition of Evolution Special Report Released

Honors 150 years of "On the Origin of Species"

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Illustration of Charles Darwin with photos of stars, fossil, and dna in the background.

On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species." It became the most significant scientific work in the last two centuries, challenging and changing how the world views nature, the environment and mankind. Now, a new online special report released by the National Science Foundation asks "how life began," "why scientists believe humans are the result of evolution," "is global climate change forcing evolution," "could life have evolved on other planets" and many other pressing evolution-themed questions.

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Some of evolution science's brightest minds discuss the impacts of "On the Origin of Species" in this introductory video for the National Science Foundation's new special report entitled Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."

Credit: Bobbie Mixon and Gwendolyn Morgan, National Science Foundation


Duke University Evolutionary Geneticist Dr. Mohamed Noor discusses current evidence for evolution and modern evolution theory in this National Science Foundation webcast honoring 150 years of "On the Origin of Species."

Credit: National Science Foundation, University of Cincinnati