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01/06/2009

Charles Darwin 2.2-tonne Marble Statue by Sir Joseph Boehm. 2009 Commemorations.


This is a photo of the 2.2-tonne marble statue of Charles Darwin, located at the top of the main staircase in the London Natural History Museum's iconic Central Hall. The statue was created by Sir Joseph Boehm and was unveiled on 9 June 1885. In 1927 it was moved to make way for an Indian elephant specimen, and then moved again in 1970 to the North Hall.
The statue has recently returned to its original prime position, in time for the anniversary of Darwin's birth 200 years ago, and for the start of the programme of Darwin200 events.
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, providing logical explanation for the diversity of life.

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