Cameron University observation of Darwin Day to examine fossil plants

Psi Eta, the Cameron University chapter of Beta Beta Beta, will celebrate Darwin Day on Monday, February 12, with a presentation by Dr. Mike Dunn, Professor of Biology. Darwin Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of Charles Darwin made to biology and our understanding of evolution.  Dunn’s presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Dunn will present an overview of his research, “The Division of Populations into Lineages: A Case Study.” He will be speaking about a fossil plant community that is dated between 346 and 359 million years old.  Recovered from a coal mining area in southern West Virginia, the collection of fossils includes a diversity of plant species and tissue types. According to Dunn, one of the most interesting of the finds are what appear to be the oldest known examples of plant herbivory on land by insects.

Darwin Day is observed internationally to inspire people to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. In 1858, Darwin broke with conventional scientific thinking with the publication of “On the Origin of Species.” His long-researched theory of evolution is now the foundation of modern biology and is considered an essential tool in understanding the development of life.

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February 7, 2017