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RESEARCH :: Celebrating Darwin
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The Logic and Legacy of Charles Darwin

In 2009, the State Museum celebrates Charles Darwin and his monumental contributions to the sciences. We mark two important anniversaries—first, on February 12, the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, and then, on November 24, the 150th anniversary of the publication of his paradigm-shifting book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

These celebrations encompass our own legacy as a research museum. The State Museum traces its origin to the natural history surveys begun in 1836, shortly before the publication of On the Origin of Species. Much of the Museum’s biological and paleontological research has contributed to an understanding of the history of life, not just in New York but on the planet.

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