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Trends Ecol Evol. 2008 Nov;23(11):589-91. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.06.006. Epub 2008 Aug 18.

Evolution, museums and society.

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Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA. bmacfadd@flmnh.ufl.edu

Abstract

Visitors to natural history museums have an incomplete understanding of evolution. Although they are relatively knowledgeable about fossils and geological time, they have a poor understanding of natural selection. Museums in the 21st century can effectively increase public understanding of evolution through interactive displays, novel content (e.g. genomics), engaging videos and cyberexhibits that communicate to a broad spectrum of society, both within the exhibit halls as well as outside the museum.

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PMID:
18715675
DOI:
10.1016/j.tree.2008.06.006
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