What Did Charles Darwin REALLY Discover?

Talk: “What Did Charles Darwin REALLY Discover?” ( Public )
Date and Time: 2011-02-13 10:30:00

Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr
Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology , UMCP

Everyone knows that Charles Darwin was the pivotal figure in the science of Evolution, but fewer people are aware of what his particular contributions actually were. This talk will examine what was known about evolution prior to Darwin’s work; Darwin’s education and voyages; his co-discovery of Natural Selection; and some of his other contributions to the earth and life sciences.

Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is a dinosaur paleobiologist and Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park. His expertise is the evolution, anatomy, and adaptations of the carnivorous dinosaurs, with emphasis on the Tyrannosauroidea (tyrant dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex and its kin). In addition to paleontology, he teaches courses on evolution, historical geology, global change, and the n ature of science. He is the Faculty Director and co-creator of two residential honors programs in the sciences: Earth, Life & Time and Science & Global Change.

As well as technical publications, Dr. Holtz has authored several popular audience works on dinosaurs, including Dinosaurs: The Most Complete Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages (Random House, 2007). He is frequently a consultant for and appears in documentaries shown on Discovery, National Geographic, BBC, and the History Channel, most notably the original Walking with Dinosaurs. His website is http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/

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Sponsor: Baltimore Ethical Society

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Phone: (410) 581-2322


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