It's Darwin Day!

It’s Darwin Day! (Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold)

Darwin Day commerates the birth anniversary of Charles Darwin who was born on February 12, 1809. And on this day, various scientific institutions, agencies and bodies organise lectures and talks to highlight the awesome contributions of Darwin to science. Without his impressive array of work, science would have been quite bare and we quite ignorant about the inner workings of nature.  So, celebrate this day not in the name of Darwin but what science has done for the betterment of humanity in general. Think about all the inventions and discoveries science has brought us and let’s drink to it !!

So, what better way to celebrate this day  than to showcase the Bird-of-Paradise Project of Cornell Ornithology Lab.  The site gives a wonderful description of their project:

The birds-of-paradise are among the most beautiful creatures on earth—and an extraordinary example of evolutionary adaptation. On this site you can find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make these birds so remarkable. Then you can delve deeper, examining the principles that guided their evolution and the epic adventure it took to bring you all 39 species.


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