2009 has been the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’. On 29-30 June, the British Academy, the Royal Society, and the American Philosophical Society held a joint conference in Cambridge to celebrate. One of the participants, Professor Peter Bowler FBA, here discusses the extent to which early accounts of evolution portrayed it as one big adventure story.
Professor Ruth Mace FBA argues that evolutionary influences on human family patterns cannot be ignored. This article is based on a paper given by Professor Mace at the June 2009
Darwin Conference, jointly organised by the British Academy, the Royal
Society and the American Philosophical Society.