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05 Jul 2007

Snails in your garden – eyewitness evolution at work

The Banded Snail Hunt

The Banded Snail Hunt

There’s an interactive way to take part in the first-ever Milton Keynes Science Festival – The Banded Snail Hunt.

Snails seen - snails recorded

Snails seen - snails recorded

Thanks to a common little snail that can be found in gardens, in the park or under a hedge, people can see evolution at work in their own back yard. Tiny changes accumulating over a long, long time drive evolution. Some of these can be seen by helping out with the Banded Snail Hunt.

This is one event of the MK Science Festival that will continue well past its July 7-15th run. The Banded Snail Hunt is actually a test version of the Evolution Megalab which The Open University Bio-Obs is going to launch in 2009 as a hands-on activity for the general public and schools on the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

“This is a fun way to see evolution at work, and with all the wet weather we’ve been having its never been easier to find banded snails!,” said Professor Jonathan Silvertown of the OU.

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