Exploring Charles Darwin's Backyard with Biologist James Costa

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Charles Darwin in the year 1859 or 1860. (Charles Darwin aged 51)

In his book "Darwin’s Backyard," James Costa gives readers a new view of Charles Darwin’s experimentation in evolutionary biology. Costa’s book presents a different scientist than the one who famously sailed aboard the Beagle to study wildlife in the Galapagos. Costa instead reveals a Darwin who enlisted his family to help run experiments on everything from potatoes to earthworms. We'll talk to Costa about his book, about what life looked like in the Darwin country home and how to recreate his backyard experiments.


James Costa, director of Highlands Biological Station, Western Carolina University; author, "Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory"