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Richard Buggs’s talk on the abominable mystery of flowers now available


But, we are told, one must register:

Charles Darwin was convinced that the evolution of complexity must proceed by tiny steps. Only tiny steps could be accumulated by natural selection. The process had to go slowly for it to work. Billions of years were needed. But Darwin was aware that this theory had a problem: flowers.

Flowering plants appear so suddenly in the fossil record, in such diversity, that their origin seems to be at odds with Darwin’s theory. When writing a letter to his friend Joseph Hooker in 1879, Darwin famously described this problem as an “abominable mystery”. To this date, evolutionary biologists still have not been able to solve this mystery.

Richard Buggs, Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at Queen Mary University of London, will join us at The Garden to reveal how the problem changed over time and why we still haven’t managed to solve it.

We are advised to watch to the very end. Too bad it isn’t on YouTube so we could embed it for you. But “Buggs on flowers” is always interesting. 😉

I love flowers and the mystery that one can sense when around them. When I was a bachelor, I took up gardening, and it is and has been one of the joys of my life for many years, second only to spending time with my lovely wife, who is a kind of flower herself. ;) I am going to watch this weekend for sure. King Solomon, eat your heart out. Andrew asauber

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