viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2009

The Evolution Of Species

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Therefore, at the Museum of Science and Water in Murcia (Museo de la Ciencia y el Agua) is an exhibition about the evolution of species, showing the work of Darwin and de la Espada. De la Espada was a naturalist born in Cartagena (Murcia). He was born the same year that Darwin left the Beagle headed for his great discovery. In 1862 he was elected to the Scientific Committee of the Pacific, the largest overseas dispatch of the Elizabethan Spain. The Commission was established with the aim of collecting South American material of zoological, botanical, geological and anthropological bound for the Natural Science Museum and the Botanical Garden of Madrid. During the expedition, which lasted three years, Jimenez de la Espada took over the collection of mammals, birds and reptiles. In various remittances made, sent for the first time to Europe several copies of American fauna to try their acclimatization, as the hare in Patagonia, the guanaco, the black-necked swan, the condor, and so on. These remittances earned him a reward of Société Impériale Zoologique d'Acclimatation that at the meeting of 23 March 1866, it awarded a first class medal in the division of mammals. More ... here (Source: CARM)

1 comentario:

Anónimo dijo...

What a great story you tell us very interesting. I spent two lovely days earlier this year in Cartagena, wonderful area you have so much history around you do keep telling us about it.

Irish Molly