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Happy 204th, Darwin

While Darwin Day may not be an official holiday in the US — though Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy notes that it coincides with Lincoln's birthday — there are a number of ways to celebrate. At its website, the International Darwin Day Foundation lists events the world over. In Dublin, Aoife McLysaght from Trinity College Dublin will be discussing human evolution, and the Secular Student Alliance at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., is throwing a masquerade party — today is also Mardi Gras — that is to include a presentation on evolution as well as dancing lessons.

Or, for those who wish to stay in, there's a new paper in BMC Genomics from the University of California, Davis' Jonathan Eisen and his colleagues detailing their analysis of Darwin's finches. The researchers found that "past evolutionary processes that have shaped [Geospiza] magnirostris genes and its genome," they write.