Today I get to celebrate not only the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the NAACP, but also of Charles Darwin. Mr. Darwin was born this day in 1809 in Shrewsbury (Shropshire, GB) and went on to become the foremost naturalist of his time and, because of his study of fossils and living animals, to revolutionize the way that we think about the similarities and differences in living organisms.
A couple of years ago I posted a birthday note about the publication of Mr. Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. That post explains my appreciation of Mr. Darwin’s contributions to scientific understanding of life.
Read the Wikipedia entry about Mr. Darwin.