Stones From Darwin Estate Displayed
LONDON (AP) _ Stones from the country estate where scientist Charles Darwin developed his theories on evolution were placed Tuesday on the roof of a new building at the Natural History Museum that will bear his name.
Darwin’s great-great-great granddaughter, Sarah Darwin, laid the flints at a ceremony to mark the completion of the first stage of development of the $43.2 million Darwin Center.
The stones once formed part of the Sandwalk, a path at Down House in the southeast England county of Kent where Darwin used to ponder the theories about natural selection that led to his landmark book ``The Origin of Species.″
When completed, the center will hold 12 million zoological specimens.
``It will be both a fascinating showcase of the history of the world we live in, inspiring and enthusing the next generation of scientists, and a world-class resource for modern researchers,″ said Laurence Smaje, director of medicine, society and history programs for the Wellcome Trust, which has pledged money to the five-year project.
Sarah Darwin is a research botanist at the Natural History Museum.