Charles Darwin and modern biology

The Springer journal Naturwissenschaften is publishing a special issue “Beyond the Origin: Charles Darwin and Modern Biology” to commemorate Darwin’s On the Origin of Species which was published 150 years ago in November 1859. Guest editor and author of the lead article is Dr. Ulrich Kutschera, professor of plant physiology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kassel in Germany. All articles in this special issue are available free of charge until 30 December 2009 on Springer’s online information platform www.springerlink.com.

Five articles are included in the special Darwin issue. The lead article “Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, directional selection, and the evolutionary sciences today,” is followed by “Darwin’s warm little pond revisited: from molecules to the origin of life,” “Charles Darwin, beetles and phylogenetics,” and “The predictability of evolution: glimpses into a post-Darwinian world.” The issue concludes with the article “Evolutionary plant physiology: Charles Darwin’s forgotten synthesis.”

To read the November issue of Naturwissenschaften free of charge, visit SpringerLink at www.springerlink.com/content/100479.

llustration copyright: U. Kutschera, private collection

Contact: Joan Robinson, Springer, tel +49-6221-487-8130, joan.robinson@springer.com

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