An 1869 portrait of Charles Darwin
Image credit: Julia Margaret Cameron [Public domain]

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, making today his 210th birthday. Coincidentally, Abraham Lincoln was born on the very same day. So happy birthday to both of you, Chuck and Abe! But Lincoln’s birthday, along with George Washington’s, is celebrated on Presidents’ Day (next week), so today we observe International Darwin Day. Darwin, of course, was responsible for developing the modern theory of evolution and coining the expression natural selection. His contribution to science was of inestimable significance, and as for the religious literalists who still revile him, well…they need to evolve.