Fla. Museum hosts evolution vs. intelligent design documentary screening Feb. 12 "Flock of Dodos" film to be shown in Harn Museum of Art auditorium

January 29th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is sponsoring a screening of the film “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus” at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 275.

A panel discussion follows the screening, including Frederick Gregory of the UF Department of History and Bruce MacFadden, Florida Museum vertebrate paleontology curator.

The documentary provides an entertaining look at the evolution-intelligent design debate. The Florida Museum is one of more than 30 museums across the country showing the film on Darwin Day, the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12, 1809. Darwin provided the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection and his name is used for events which seek to acquaint the public with the theory and its importance to biology.

Filmmaker and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson humorously examines the debate between proponents of the concept of intelligent design and the scientific establishment that supports evolution, including what Olson believes is poor communication with the public about evolutionary science.

Flock of Dodo Darwin Day events also are scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, as well as in Boston, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C. , Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Calif., Seattle and St. Louis.

Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu