Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oct 14, Part 19 - Lamarck and the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Near the paleontology museum was a map of the entire Jardin des Plantes. The "You are Here" marker is the red thing in the lower right. We had entered the park in the upper left and walked through to that point. Unfortunately, I didn't get the legend, but I found a map online that has one. You can see it here if you'd like.

Now we're walking toward the entrance, which for us is the exit.

This is the time line. We're at the beginning, which is 4569 million years ago, and the icons are small invertebrates or more likely one-celled animals and plants. I didn't take time to read it.

Here's a statue to Lamarck. There are dates with various interests, achievements, career changes, or whatever you want to call them. Lamarck believed that evolution was a reality and proceeded in accordance with natural laws. He did much of his work on plants and animals here in the Jardin and his statue has the most prominent location. If you click on the photo you can read the base. Here's more about Lamarck.

This is the base of Lamarck's statue with the Museum of Natural History in the background. What a beautiful setting. I was lucky to get any pictures at all in the dim light.

This woman was putting her shiny phone or PDA back in her pocket. I don't know what she was announcing or protesting or commenting on there, but the sign says: "KAEFER WANNER 25 ans. de service." I looked up the name. It seems to be a multinational company that makes insulation.

And here is Lamarck himself, atop the pedestal where the Kaefer Wanner lady is sitting.

Another pretty vista of the Natural History Museum with purple flowers and trees in the foreground. Nice! The central path through the garden begins just at the left.

I like the gold-painted tips on the fence. They look festive and so French, or at least so not Astoria. And the whale poster. I'll bet they have some great progams here. Another poster was about sea turtles.

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