The Garden: Why are flowers a biological mystery?

Last week I gave an online talk for The Garden, a new a platform that connects people who love to learn with academics and experts for live talks. I spoke on Darwin’s abominable mystery, covering 150 years of research on the origin of the flowering plants. This drew on articles I have published in American… Continue reading The Garden: Why are flowers a biological mystery?

A new talk on Darwin’s abominable mystery

Last evening I spoke for the Reading Geological Society on Darwin’s “abominable mystery”: the origin of flowering plants. My previous talks and publications (here and here) on this topic have focused mainly on the nineteenth century. In this new talk, I outlined twentieth century efforts to solve the mystery, which is something I continue to… Continue reading A new talk on Darwin’s abominable mystery

What was Darwin thinking? The origin of his ‘abominable mystery’

Happy Darwin Day 2021! This blog is about Darwin’s thought in the final years of his life, written for the Nature Ecology and Evolution community and re-published here. Back in 2012, The Natural History Museum of Milan invited me to give a talk for their Darwin Day symposium. Predictably for a botanist, I took the… Continue reading What was Darwin thinking? The origin of his ‘abominable mystery’