2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and 150th year of this book "On the Origin of Species
". We're celebrating by talking with Dr. Greg Laden, biological anthropologist, U of M. If you haven't met Dr. Laden, you can get to know him through his nationally known blog
. There you'll find "Congo Memoirs", his hilarious, hair raising, in-the-wild adventures while doing REAL science.
Similar to 19th century explorers Darwin and Wallace, Dr. Laden writes about tangling with the wild beasts (pythons), disease (malaria), pirates (real pirates) while deciphering how the world works — we know it as Evolution. One hundred fifty years later some of the issues are the same. Our 21st century scientist, Dr. Laden, will give us new insights into how radical the theory was, what's new in our understanding of it and what to watch for in the future.