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RDF TV - Nebraska Vignettes #6 - Hawaii as a Nursery of Evolution

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Richard Dawkins shows how the relatively young island chain of Hawaii acts as a nursery of evolution as it moves over a volcanic hotspot in the Pacific Ocean, generating new islands. He shows how Drosophila flies have diverged on the different islands, driven by sexual selection.

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During Richard Dawkins' 2009 American tour, we visited Judy Diamond's "Explore Evolution" exhibit at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. This exhibit has now been replicated in six museums around the country (see list below). While visiting we filmed a collection of short unrehearsed and unscripted videos—just inspired by the "Explore Evolution" exhibit.

The Explore Evolution exhibits are on display at the following museums:

Exhibit Museum of Natural History
University of Michigan
Exhibit opened January 14, 2006

Kansas Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center
University of Kansas
Exhibit opened November 1, 2005

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
University of Oklahoma
Exhibit opened August 27, 2005

Science Museum of Minnesota
Exhibit was on display between October 15, 2005 and February 5, 2006

Texas Memorial Museum
University of Texas at Austin
Exhibit opens October 1, 2007

University of Nebraska State Museum
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Exhibit opened September 9, 2005

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229294

Special Thanks to:
Dr. Judy Diamond
The University of Nebraska State Museum

Research by
KENNETH Y. KANESHIRO

Photos
D. disjuncta by KEVIN T. KANESHIRO
D. silvestris by KENNETH Y. KANESHIRO

Camera & Music by
Josh Timonen

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