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‘Darwin and the Art of Botany’

‘Darwin and the Art of Botany’

Local author Jim Costa will present his new book, “Darwin and the Art of Botany: Observations on the Curious World of Plants,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Charles Darwin is best known for his work on the evolution of animals, but, in fact, a large part of his contribution to the natural sciences is focused on plants. His observations are crucial to our modern understanding of so much about plant biology, from the amazing pollination process of orchids to plant carnivory to the way that vines climb.  

Costa is professor and executive director of the Highlands Biological Station of WCU, where he has taught courses in genetics, entomology, evolution and biogeography since 1996.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the bookstore at 828.586.9499 or click on citylightsnc.com.

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