“I think...” Dar­win exhibit opens at Royal Tyrrell

The Drumheller Mail - - ENTERTAINMENT - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

“I think...”, the new exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum opened Satur­day, mark­ing the bi­cen­ten­nial of Dar­win’s birth and brings to light the thought pro­cesses, ev­i­dence, and con­se­quences of Dar­win’s still-stand­ing the­ory on evo­lu­tion.

On May 16, the le­gions of tourists who trav­elled from around the world to see the fa­mous Tyrrell were also treated to the first glimpses of the new exhibit.

Along with the ‘Su­perCroc’ fos­sil replica, a 1.7 me­tre long be­he­moth an­cient croc­o­dile skull found in Africa, and a num­ber of bones show­ing the evo­lu­tion of limb struc­tures, the exhibit show­cases in­sight into the thought pro­cesses which led to Dar­win’s the­o­ries

e Royal Tyrrell is open­ing the exhibit “I think...”, named af­ter a note left by Dar­win, to com­mem­o­rate not only his birth, but the 150th an­niver­sary of his most ac­claimed pub­li­ca­tion, On the Ori­gin of Species.

Also in com­mem­o­ra­tion, the mu­seum’s an­nual Speaker Se­ries is ded­i­cated to the legacy of Dar­win, and the Tyrrell have, and will, bring in speak­ers on top­ics in­clud­ing Dar­win’s life, work, evo­lu­tion through nat­u­ral se­lec­tion, mod­ern evo­lu­tion­ary bi­ol­ogy and the so­cial and cul­tural ram­i­fi­ca­tions of evo­lu­tion­ary thought.

The speak­ers hail from uni­ver­si­ties and mu­se­ums from across North Ameri-

e exhibit is roughly the same size as the HMS Bea­gle, the ship Dar­win sailed on dur­ing his ex­pe­di­tion to the is­lands off South Amer­ica where he had his ini­tial break­through as a young nat­u­ral­ist.

The new exhibit en­ti­tled “I think...” opened at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum on Satur­day, May 16. The exhibit is part of a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Year of Dar­win cel­e­bra­tions, the 200th birth­day of the renowned nat­u­ral­ist and 150th of his quin­tes­sen­tial book, On the Ori­gin of Species.

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