For Darwin

Representative Jim Himes (D-Conn.) has introduced legislation to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin, the Associated Press reports. In the past, former New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt, now the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, had introduced similar bills, and Himes has now taken up the mantle, it adds.

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