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Darwin and evolution at Michigan State University

Michigan State University, a leading center of evolutionary thought and research, celebrated the birth of Charles Darwin and the publication of his seminal "On the Origin of Species" in 2009, as it advances his work in living and virtual worlds.

The 19th-century English naturalist, whose research on evolution turned the world upside down, was born Feb. 12, 1809 and published his work for the first time laying out the case for natural selection as the mechanism for evolution 50 years later. Thus MSU this year joins the world in observing the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentennial of his famous work. More >>

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Scientists watch evolution unfold over 40,000 generations

A 21-year Michigan State University experiment that distills the essence of evolution in laboratory flasks not only demonstrates natural selection at work, but could lead to biotechnology and medical research advances, researchers said. More >>

Long feared extinct, rare bird rediscovered with MSU scientist’s help

Known to science only by two specimens described in 1900, a critically endangered crow has re-emerged from hiding on a remote, mountainous Indonesian island thanks in part to a Michigan State University scientist. More >>



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