Happy Darwin Day, everyone!
Today marks the 198th birthday of Charles Darwin, the naturalist who explained the theory of evolution through natural selection. His famous book, On the Origin of Species, revolutionized modern biology and the World - showing how all organisms are related! A short video about Charles Darwin's life can be seen here.
To celebrate the birth of Darwin, I will relate my visit to his birthplace - Shrewsbury. Way back in the beginning of November, I took a tour of the Midlands area with Kate, Renata, and their friend during my first half-term break. It was such a thrill to visit this small English town and to stand outside the front door of the house in which Darwin was born!
Walking through this beautiful town, you start to notice Darwin everywhere: Darwin's Gate, Darwin High School, Darwin Street, Darwin Manhole Cover, ....... even Darwin Shopping Center!
Happy Birthday, Big Guy!
Interestingly, this same statue was going to be placed in London's Natural History Museum in the most important position on the main staircase. Unfortunately, when the statue was placed high up, Darwin's shoe looked so large that it dominated the view! Darwin's shoe overshadowed Darwin! And so it was that Sir Richard Owen took Charles Darwin's rightful central spot, and Darwin was relegated to the museums cafeteria!Darwin's Infamous Shoe