Darwin Day will be celebrated with activities for all ages at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The day features educational talks and a variety of offerings for visitors of all ages.
Darwin Day is an annual international recognition of science that occurs around Feb. 12, the birthday of Charles Darwin, who was born in 1809. The mission of Darwin Day is to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Darwin and his concept of evolution through natural selection, as well as to explain the far-reaching impacts of science.
The schedule for Darwin Day includes activities from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Among these are a scavenger hunt and lessons on such topics as human evolution, dog domestication, how natural selection works, and understanding geologic time from fossils. This year, for the first time, the event is co-hosted by ETSU faculty, staff, students and volunteers, as well as staff from Hands On! Museum.
The first talk of the day will be “Human Evolution and Homo naledi: Redefining our Family Tree and Science Outreach.” It will be presented at 11 a.m. by Dr. Zach Throckmorton, an assistant professor of anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate.
“Evolution and Creationism: Defining Science, Creating Controversy” is the topic of the second talk, presented at 2 p.m. by Dr. David Harker, an associate professor of philosophy at ETSU.
The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26.
For more information, call the museum at 423-439-3659 or 866-202-6223 (toll-free), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/grayfossilmuseum. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.