PODCAST: John Parker on “The Roots of a Theory”

As part of hosting the art exhibit Endless Forms: Darwin, Natural Science & the Arts (opened June 16th), the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England is doing a series of podcasts. In this third podcast, John Parker discusses “The Roots of a Theory: How Plants Specimens Led a Young Darwin to Discovery”:

Plant specimens may seem an unlikely starting point for Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection – but, as Professor John Parker investigates in this podcast, the Cambridge botanist John Stevens Henslow proved a crucial mentor for the young naturalist. Find out how Darwin shipped his collections from the Beagle voyage back to Cambridge, and how these almost 200 year-old specimens can today give us a snapshot of long-extinct botanical life.

Download or listen online (with a slideshow) here.

Check here for previous posts about this art exhibit and the accompanying podcasts.

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