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To Fall Between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day

A US lawmaker has introduced a resolution to recognize Charles Darwin's birthday February 12thas Darwin Day, the Huffington Post reports.

Representative Jim Himes (D-Conn.), who put forth the resolution alongside 11 other House Democrats, argues that Darwin should be recognized for his contributions to how people view the natural world.

"His insatiable quest for knowledge and decades of meticulous observation and analysis opened new pathways for advancements in biology, medicine, genetics and ecology," Himes said in a statement. "Without Darwin's contributions to science, philosophy and reason, our understanding of the world's complexity and grandeur would be significantly diminished."

This is the fourth attempt to pass a Darwin Day resolution and is, the Huffington Post notes, "a largely symbolic effort in the GOP-controlled House."

The Scan

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