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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 12, 2011 at 10:07am

Yes, it's the anniversary of the birth of the great man again.

Happy Darwin Day to everyone ! 


Comment by Andrew Hall on February 12, 2011 at 9:46am
Happy Darwin Day!
Comment by Andrew Hall on January 12, 2011 at 1:36pm
Comment by linda wagner on February 12, 2010 at 9:44am
I hope everyone is wearing a Darwin Day t-shirt today.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 12, 2010 at 5:59am
Today is another anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February 1809. Happy Darwin Day to all.

Here is a brief extract from a discussion I initiated on the Atheist Nexus "ORIGINS" site. It summarizes what is known of Darwin's deep ancestry since Homo sapiens left Africa. His genetic history was revealed by DNA research as part of the ongoing Genographic Project led by Dr. Spencer Wells.

Using the latest powerful methods about gene mutation, one can track the migrations out of Africa into Asia and Europe and around the planet.
The DNA from Charles Darwin's great-great grandson, Chris Darwin, was used to determine Charles Darwin's ancestry.
Charles Darwin’s father’s line is descended from the Cro-Magnon people who participated in the expansion of Homo sapiens into Europe. Darwin’s male line left Africa and reached the Middle East about 45,000 years ago. It split into a modified lineage 5,000 years later in Persia/Iran or southern Central Asia. Hunters with this Y-chromosome headed towards Europe, and the next mutation appeared around 35,000 years ago.

These people continued west into Europe, but the Ice Age pushed them west and south into Spain. Later, with the ending of the Ice Age they migrated north into Britain from about 12,000 years ago. Around 8000 years ago the land bridge with the Continent was broken, isolating the Mesolithic people who had already reached Britain.

All of us carry a personal DNA document in our mutated genes from which the history of our genes can be unravelled.
DNA participation kits can be bought online for about $100 or £60.
Comment by Krakadon on November 12, 2009 at 6:15pm
After leaving a sweat lodge nude and dripping with perspiration, I will jump into an icy river.
Comment by God Defined on October 29, 2009 at 10:27pm
I'll mark the calendar on my website as soon as I find out what day actually is Darwin Day!

November 24th or February 12th!?!?!
Comment by Little Name Atheist on September 28, 2009 at 12:37pm
Does anyone know what happened to the Secular Seasons website? It appears to be down. I wrote someone, but haven't heard back yet.
Comment by Jim Mo. on August 15, 2009 at 9:37pm
Looks like I missed out on the 2009 event planning and execution (I was occupied with NanoDays 2009.

Do we have to wait another 100 years or can we plan annual Darwin Day events? (Niko, I like the newspaper ads).
Comment by Niko Theris on August 12, 2009 at 12:08pm
Three small ads published in a local newspaper commemorating Darwin Day in years 2002, 2003 and 2008:

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