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Genetics Unzipped – Icons of evolution

Posted by , on 2 January 2020

Darwin finches
Charles Darwin’s famous finches from the Galapagos Islands

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions behind two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology: the much-parodied March of Progress – a series of human ancestors walking across the page, portraying the inexorable journey from monkey to man – and the famous finches of the Galapagos islands, which are supposedly the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Where did these infamous images come from, and do they really show what everyone seems to think they do?

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