Cameron University observation of Darwin Day to examine evolution of unique species of Madagascar

The Cameron University Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences will celebrate Darwin Day on Tuesday, February 14, with a special presentation by guest speaker Dr. Doug Wood. Wood’s topic, “Madagascar - Evolution and the Eighth Continent,” will begin at 5 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.

The flora and fauna of Madagascar are so different from those found elsewhere on Earth that the island nation is often referred to as the “eighth continent,” and the island has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International. Wood will address some of Madagascar’s greatest biological wonders, including the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher and the largest living lemur, the Indri, which plays a significant role in the myths and legends of Madagascar with various stories in existence about its origin.   

Wood is professor of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Darwin Day is observed internationally to inspire people to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. In 1858, Darwin broke with conventional scientific thinking with the publication of “On the Origin of Species.” His long-researched theory of evolution is now the foundation of modern biology and is considered an essential tool in understanding the development of life.

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February 6, 2017