The 2009 Darwin Day lecture “Neandertals, Darwin, and the Sicilian Mafia; what do they have in common?” will be given by Dr. John Hawks, a UW-Madison anthropologist, on Thurs., Feb. 12th, at 7 p.m. in the Young Auditorium (free!).
You may have heard Dr. Hawks on NPR (National Public Radio) discussing Darwin and human evolution, and he is featured in an article “Are we still evolving?” (photo online at “They don’t make homo sapiens like they used to”) in Discover magazine’s March 2009 issue honoring 150 years of evolution (available in the Browsing area just inside the Library entrance). You can also learn more about Dr. Hawks and neandertals from his weblog.
Search the Library Catalog for books in the University Library about neandertals, human evolution, and Darwin, such as Reflections of our past: how human history is revealed in our genes (3rd-floor Main Collection, GN289 .R45 2003) or Darwin’s ghost: The origin of species updated (3rd-floor Main Collection, QH375 .J66 2000).
2009 is a special year for Darwin enthusiasts because it marks two major anniversaries: 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809) and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species.