Darwin's ‘Origin of Species’ is Topic of Science on Tap presentation

Friday, September 23, 2016 Brian Crother
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Understanding the basics of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species” will headline the next Science on Tap lecture presented by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Biological Sciences on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
     Professor of Biological Sciences Brian Crother is the featured speaker at the presentation scheduled at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     “Darwin published ‘The Origin of Species’ in 1859, and the work has since been hailed as one of the great scientific publications because of its profound impact on the understanding of the diversity of life,” said Crother, a specialist in gene and species evolution. “This presentation is in response for a layman’s explanation of Darwin’s book.”
     Crother said Darwin used numerous examples to illustrate his work, and he will use the same examples in his presentation.
     “At its simplest, Darwin made a logical connection between the presence of variation in species and the fact that not all individuals survive to reproduce the next generation,” he added. “Why some variants survived to reproduce and others did not he called ‘natural selection,’ and this is what Darwin is most famous for. The ‘Origin of Species’ is truly one long argument about natural selection.”
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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