If you perused the Darwin-and-the-finches story in the New York Times science section, you may not have noticed the story’s stars, Rosemary and Peter Grant, are from Princeton.

Their new and much-lauded book, “40 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Finches on Daphne Major Island,” is just published by Princeton University Press.   It tells of an evolutionary process that is taking place, not from century to century, but from generation to generation.

Jonathan Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize winner and fellow researcher, wrote the NYT story published yesterday. All I could think about when reading about the Grants’ travails on this lonely island is — I’m glad it’s not me that had to crawl on the rocks and live in a cave. Especially when I realize that I am about the same age.



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