(Victor Valley)–This coming Sunday, February 12, marks the 203rd birthday of famed British naturalist Charles Darwin. Worldwide, “Darwin Day” celebrations will commemorate Darwin’s birth, as well as celebrating his insights and contributions to modern biology. On this special occasion, Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will give a lecture, “What Darwin Got Wrong,” at the San Bernardino County Museum at 2:00 p.m. The lecture is free with paid museum admission.
Darwin’s observations of the natural world changed biology—and our perceptions of life and our place in the universe—forever. “Darwin’s theory explained how animals developed and changed through geologic time, via natural selection,” said Scott. “In many cases, his explanations still hold up today. But that doesn’t mean he got everything right. For all his genius, Darwin did miss a few things.”
Where did Darwin go wrong? How does our current understanding of evolutionary science differ from what Darwin proposed? Find out at the County Museum on “Darwin Day.”
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.