Evolution: Education and Outreach, vol. 2 issue 1.

This year, Evolution: Education and Outreach will have a special (but not exclusive) focus on Darwin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species.

The first issue in volume 2 is now available, once again free online.

Evolution: Education and Outreach
Volume 2, Issue 1

Editorial: Darwin’s Year
Niles Eldredge and Gregory Eldredge

Why Darwin?
Niles Eldredge

Artificial Selection and Domestication: Modern Lessons from Darwin’s Enduring Analogy
T. Ryan Gregory

Charles Darwin and Human Evolution
Ian Tattersall

Experimenting with Transmutation: Darwin, the Beagle, and Evolution
Niles Eldredge

Studying Cultural Evolution at the Tips: Human Cross-cultural Ecology
Lauren W. McCall

Industrial Melanism in the Peppered Moth, Biston betularia: An Excellent Teaching Example of Darwinian Evolution in Action
Michael E. N. Majerus

Assessment of Biology Majors’ Versus Nonmajors’ Views on Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. and Avelina Espinosa

Darwin’s “Extreme” Imperfection?
Anastasia Thanukos

Don’t Call it “Darwinism”
Eugenie C. Scott and Glenn Branch

Educational Malpractice: The Impact of Including Creationism in High School Biology Courses
Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner

Scholar’s Dilemma: “Green Darwin” vs. “Paper Darwin,” An Interview with David Kohn
Mick Wycoff

The “Popular Press” Responds to Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species and His Other Works
Sidney Horenstein

Paleontology and Evolution in the News
Sidney Horenstein

Charles Darwin’s Manuscripts and Publications on the World Wide Web
Adam M. Goldstein

Teaching Evolution in Primary Schools: An Example in French Classrooms

Bruno Chanet and François Lusignan

Why Why Darwin Matters Matters
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, by Michael Shermer. New York: Henry Holt, 2006.
Tania Lombrozo

DeSalle’s and Tattersall’s Human Origins: A Companion to The Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins and More
Human Origins: What Bones and Genomes Tell Us about Ourselves, by Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2008. Pp. 216. H/b $ 29.95
Robert Wald Sussman

I am not certain whether the dedication we wrote to the late Dr. Majerus will appear online, but I am hoping it will be included in the print issue. Here it is, just in case.

This issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach includes a paper by Prof. Michael Majerus of Cambridge University, a world expert on industrial melanism and a champion of the peppered moth as an excellent example of natural selection in the wild. In it, Prof. Majerus describes the controversy surrounding the peppered moth, much of it based on misrepresentations and misunderstandings. He also describes, with extraordinary modesty, his own widely respected research which has refuted the misplaced criticism of the peppered moth example.

We consider the paper a testament to Prof. Majerus’s patience and dedication to settling debates in science as they should be settled – with evidence rather than rhetoric. In this regard, Prof. Majerus’s paper not only highlights an exquisite example of evolution in action, but also serves to illustrate how careful scientific study generates outstanding results.

It is with deep regret that we note that Prof. Majerus passed away peacefully during the night of January 26/27 from a brief but severe illness. As Prof. David Summers, Head of the Department of Genetics at Cambridge, wrote

“Mike Majerus was a traditional Cambridge scientist; a charismatic individual for whom the boundaries between life and work, and teaching and research, were very hard to discern. He was a world authority in his field, a tireless advocate of evolution and an enthusiastic educator of graduate and undergraduate students.”

We are proud to present Prof. Majerus’s article on the peppered moth and are grateful for his contribution to the journal, for his important and diligent research, and for his dedication to defending and enhancing science education. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be missed.

T. Ryan Gregory
Associate Editor

Niles Eldredge

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