Our Dear Mr. Darwin would be a very spry (I’m sure) 200 years old this Feb. 12.
The man did so much for us. Aside from the claims of the idiots on the godder side of history, people of reason don’t worship him. But we do give a boatload of credit to a guy who worked so tirelessly, throughout his life, to understand and explain this most beautiful and fruitful idea: that all living things are interrelated. Man, how cool is that?
Here’s a painting of him done by premier natural history illustrator Carl Buell.
Lest we forget: This is also the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. And bravo for that, too!
PS: The above image is COPYRIGHTED. If you snake it from my site, after my friend Mr. Buell was so kind as to allow me to post it, I’ll hunt you down and feed you to the invertebrates. AFTER I superglue hungry ferrets to your knees.
If you want a copy of the painting — which is fully life-sized — for your own Darwin Day celebratory use, contact Carl Buell directly at Carl [at] olduvaigeorge [dot] com.
At least one college I know of is printing out the full portrait and mounting it on a cutout backing so that students can pose with it for pictures.