Between this year and the next, two important and related scientific 'anniversaries'. The first, happening this year, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary since he published his book The Origin of Species. In contrast, the EU and the International Convention on Biological Diversity have made a call for next year, 2010, to see a turning-point in the fight against the extinction of species and loss of biodiversity that is occurring around the planet; as such, for it to be an 'anniversary' that marks something beginning to happen, rather than remembering something that has already taken place.
To mark these two events, this exhibition at Barcelona's Natural Science Museum looks at the life of naturalists who set out to explore the world as part of their work, searching for new and little-known species that will help with their research. It also reveals the methodologies involved in the study of biodiversity, and the importance of gathering such knowledge as part of the fight against the extinction of species on Earth.