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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Art of Plant Evolution



Art meets the science of plant evolution in this ground breaking, beautiful book. In this publication the principal goals of both disciplines are successfully brought together through Botanical Illustration to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The botanist's ambition to classify and name species and the artists desire to capture the essence of nature through color and composition are effectively combined confirming how both disciplines are complementing each other and dependant on each other.
The 136 paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection are taxonomically arranged in a evolutionary sequence making this book a treasure. The book also includes the latest molecular details from the DNA research.

The authors are Dr. W. John Kress from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Dr. Shirley Sherwood. It is published by and available from the Kew.

(Rosie Sanders, Tom Putt apple, Malus cultivar)

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