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Figure out where your ancestors came from

One hundred and fifty years ago, English biologist Charles Darwin deduced our simian ancestor. The legendary scientist first published his seminal work On the Origin of Species on 24th November 1859, which provided compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors. HT Correspondent reports.

tech reviews Updated: Oct 09, 2009 21:29 IST
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One hundred and fifty years ago, English biologist Charles Darwin deduced our simian ancestor. The legendary scientist first published his seminal work On the Origin of Species on 24th November 1859, which provided compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors.

To mark his achievement, the British Council, in association with the DLF Mall at Saket is showcasing his life and work as a part of an international series of exhibitions titled Darwin Now.

The exhibition explores Darwin’s life, how he came up with his groundbreaking theory of natural selection and how his ideas are relevant today. The exhibition also attempts to shed light on contemporary reactions to Darwin’s theories of evolution. There is also talk of how geology and economics influenced Darwin’s thinking.

Putting the evolutionist’s theories in a modern perspective, the event explores the importance of the theory of evolution in the world today and highlights the work of several UK-based researchers.

Apart from India, the exhibition will be shown in over 25 countries worldwide throughout 2009, in celebration of the 200-year anniversary of Darwin’s birth. Through this international programme, the British Council is seeking to engage new audiences and to encourage involvement and debate about the impact of Darwin’s research on modern biology, medicine and society. Science buffs and geeks, this is the place to be!