Darwin's Great Pampa Finch
Source: Museum Victoria
Explore the processes and mechanisms of evolution.
Historical showcase displays highlight the roles of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in developing the theory of evolution. Specimens collected by Wallace and Darwin, as well as Gould lithographs, are displayed here.
The genetic mechanisms of evolution are highlighted. DNA is explained as the mechanism for evolutionary change, through natural selection and genetic drift. Co-evolution between plants and their animal pollinators, as well as sexual selection in birds of paradise, are examples used to illustrate the processes of evolution.