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Collectors’ items?

little-darwinI watched a lecture the other night where the speaker had a Charles Darwin doll sitting on his lectern. I guess this is another thing we will see during the Darwin Year – Darwin merchandise.

It seemed quite cute and I wonder if they are available in New Zealand? This one is part of the “Little Thinkers” Set of dolls.

einstein-dollI quick search shows they aren’t the only such dolls available – there is also an Einstein doll! This raises the prospects of a new collection – dolls of great scientists.

What about others? As a chemist I would like a Mendeleev doll – I am sure he had the face for it.

mendelev

Dmitri Mendeleev

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Missing fossils? From water to land

Those of us interested in science are being a bit spoilt at the moment – at least in the biological area. With the 150th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species (24 November) and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth (12 February) this year there are plenty of evolutionary science resources coming on line.

One example for the scientific journal are the 15 Evolutionary Gems from Nature. This downloadable publication includes  gems from the fossil record, from habitats and from molecular processes. Another useful resource are the Year of Darwin series of videos from Case Western University.

Here I have combined these two resources with a short description of the discovery of intermediate fossils between fish and tetrapods as presented in the Nature publication and in Neil Shubins presentation in the Year of Darwin Lectures.

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