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Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin

May 9, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove

Free admission is by reservation only. Call between 8:30am - 5:00pm, Mon-Fri, or RSVP at the FOH web page: RSVP by Friday, 5/5.

In 1905, eight sailor-scientists from the California Academy of Sciences set out on an 89-foot schooner from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands. By the time they finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. They brought back over 78,000 specimens, validating the ideas of Charles Darwin and laid the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, no longer treatment has appeared on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on HMS Beagle. In James’ new book Collecting Evolution, he tells the story of the 1905-06 Galapagos expedition in terms of why they went, what they did, and what it means today. He follows these eight young men aboard the schooner Academy to the Galapagos and back, and reveals their personal stories and groundbreaking success in historical context.

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Hopkins Marine Station
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