February 13, 2009 -- MADISON - Evolution, we know, is the guiding thread of biology and explains life as we know it.
how that big idea was inspired and expanded over two centuries of
natural history is really a tale of the adventures of a handful of
intrepid scientists whose derring-do, perseverance and intellectual
curiosity sparked a revolution that forever changed our view of the
Those heroic tales wind through the jungles of the Amazon, the African
savanna and the Malay Archipelago in an age when the history of our
planet, of life and of the human species was virtually unknown. Those
adventures will be brought to life in the telling of the story of the
origins of evolutionary thought in "Remarkable Creatures: Epic
Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species," the Friday, Feb.
13, plenary lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.
evolutionary biologist and author Sean Carroll, a professor of genetics
and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, is the guide for a multimedia encounter with giant
sloths, gaudy butterflies and the most remarkable creatures of all: the
explorers and scientific visionaries Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel
Wallace and Henry W. Bates.
"The talk is a celebration of the
accomplishments of these amazing people who explored the wild and
changed our view of life," says Carroll, whose most recent book shares
the title of his plenary lecture. "I will tell the stories of three
pioneers who deserve our admiration - young adventurers who took great
risks and made great discoveries."
Source : University of Wisconsin-Madison