The first full day of the World Summit on Evolution: Galapagos 2005, on the island of San Cristobal, opened to a refreshed group of 150 biologists, representing 19 nations, just emerged from a travel-induced stupor. The talks went from the origin of life to human evolution, with various speakers calculating their rate of coverage at about 100 million years per minute. Only a year in planning, the meeting is the brainchild of a handful of people, spearheaded by Carlos Montufar, president of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito?s Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences. News of the event spread at first by word of mouth, but after initial invitations inexplicably did not bring a huge response, Michael Shermer, one of the organizers, mentioned it in his Skeptics Society e-newsletter for a short time. The announcement seemed too good to be true ? at least one graduate student initially...
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