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Darwin to DNA



Evolution Gallery
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Two figures—Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace—transformed our understanding of the living world with their theory of evolution by natural selection. A century later, the discovery of DNA revealed the mechanism of evolution.

Darwin to DNA shows the roles of Darwin and Wallace in developing the theory of evolution. You'll see animals that they collected displayed in historical showcases: actual specimens that helped them interpret evolutionary processes and patterns. The conditions necessary for evolution are illustrated with photos and specimens, and you'll consider how evolution acts upon genetic mutations.

This exhibition also highlights how DNA helps us examine the relationships between species. In our own species, DNA evidence challenges previous notions of the uniqueness of humans and the concept of race.