Islands: Evolving in Isolation

4/25/15 to 3/1/17

Why are isolated islands hot spots for unique life found no where else on the planet? Harvard Museum of Natural History offers some expanation in this exciting, longterm special exhibition that delves into island biodiversity and evolution, examining things known as well as areas and details that Harvard scientists are just now learning. Visitors can see plant and animal samples, including giant pitcher plants, Galápagos tortoises and Malagasy lemurs. "There are very few institutions worldwide that have museum collections of the size and scope required to mount a comprehensive exhibition such as [this], and Harvard is one," says James Hanken, Museum of Comparative Zoology Director. "The array of specimens and content on display is simply spectacular." 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, 617.495.3045, http://hmnh.harvard.edu/islands-evolving-isolation