Steve Connor: A true heir of Darwin – minus the beard

Science Notebook: Few people who have read Wilson's books can fail to be inspired by the natural wonders that he helps you to discover

Edward O Wilson: Like a sunrise, Darwin illuminated the steeples of the unknown

In 1869, 10 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin wrote to his close friend, the great botanist Joseph Hooker, as follows: "If I lived twenty more years and was able to work, how I should have to modify the Origin, and how much the views on all points will have to be modified! Well, it is a beginning, and that is something".

Rare Darwin book found on toilet bookcase

A first edition of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking Origin Of Species, which languished for years in a toilet, will go under the hammer this week, on the 150th anniversary of the book's publication.

Inherit the Wind, Old Vic, London

A coruscating courtroom battle

A dance for Darwinism

A ballet based on evolutionary theory has some intelligent designs from the art world's fastest-rising star. Gareth Harris reports

Katrina, The Bargehouse, London

Not quite a perfect storm

Evolution makes for inspired art

An exhibition exploring how artists have been inspired by Darwin's theory of evolution is the best of this year's anniversary shows, says Tom Lubbock

After 15 years' foreplay, tortoise finally mates

Lonesome George, the world's most inveterate bachelor, may finally be about to settle down.

Desperate bid to save finches that changed the world

British conservationists are to launch an ambitious project to safeguard the future of a colony of Galapagos finches which inspired Charles Darwin to formulate his radical theory of evolution.

Fever Crumb, By Philip Reeve

London calls for a master of invention

Admire those blue remembered hills

Walk of the month: On this walk you can see the landscape that inspired Shropshire lad A E Housman, writes Mark Rowe

Podium: Darwinism may hold the key to knowing what it is to be human

"Darwinism" is often associated with a quite narrowly defined scientific picture. Central to this are the view of evolution as change in the frequency of genes; evolution as overwhelmingly driven by competitive natural selection; and the assumption that living things can be arranged on a branching tree, the branches of which are genetically isolated from one another.

Found, egg that helped give birth to Darwinism

Amazing discovery by Cambridge University volunteer

Darwin's Sacred Cause, By Adrian Desmond and James Moore

Did Darwin develop his theory of evolution for use as a weapon in the fight against slavery?
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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker