Scientific Meeting - Darwin's Legacy
10 Feb 2009 – 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
... the fate of the icons of evolution.
NOTE: this event was previously advertised as "Darwin, finches, faith and fossils: the real voyage of the 'Beagle'".
The voyage to the Galapagos was crucial to Charles Darwin's ground-breaking ideas on natural selection, with the discovery that the birds and giant tortoises on the islands had evolved into distinct species.
The voyage of 'HMS Beagle' led to the development of the world's most important ideas on evolution, at a time when the process of extinction was also a new and controversial theory.
During the voyage, Darwin and his fellow crewmen returned a group of Fuegians – natives of Tierra del Fuego – to their home at the tip of South America.
Almost two centuries later, we explore the fate of the species and people that inspired Darwin's ideas. We describe how the modern-day extinction crisis has impacted not only the animal species of the Galapagos but also the indigenous people, who have since become threatened or have disappeared.
An expedition devoted to the noblest purpose: exploration and inspiration on the Voyage of the Beagle
Joanne H. Cooper, Bird Group, the Natural History Museum at Tring;
Darwin in Patagonia - and what happened to the Fuegians?
Colin McEwan, Head of the Americas Section, The British Museum; and
What happened to Science's most important bird? The fate of the Floreana Mockingbird
H. Glyn Young, Conservation Biologist, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Chair: Dr Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, ZSL.
Organised by Dr Sam Turvey, Institute of Zoology, ZSL and Carly Waterman, Conservation Programmes, ZSL.
Please note that this event has already taken place.
Scientific Meetings are free and open to the public (no advance booking or registration required). Talks will begin at 6.00pm; doors open at 5.00pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A dinner with the speakers will follow this Scientific Meeting and places must be booked in advance. Please download and complete the above booking form for further information.
Further Information: please contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY.
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ZSL Scientific Meetings
Map showing ZSL Meeting Rooms
Letters from Charles Darwin to PL Sclater, Secretary of ZSL, dated 1870-1871 (ZSL Library's Artefact of the month February 2009)
ZSL Fellowship Certificate of Charles Darwin, 1831 (ZSL Library's Artefact of the month November 2008)