MICROCOSMOS (80 G)

MICROCOSMOS

SUMMARY

PART OF DARWIN DAYS 2022
Saturday, February 12 at 2 pm
General Admission $5 / PRI Members $3

It may appear tiny to the human eye, but there is no denying that the insect kingdom — as captured by the filmmakers behind this documentary — is as dramatic, action-packed and beautiful as any other. Indeed, using a variety of film techniques and an inspired score, the moving image of a beetle pushing a ball of dung takes on the mythic quality of Sisyphus with his boulder. Meanwhile, endless caterpillar caravans suggest, amazingly, the rhythm of modern highways during rush hour.

DIRECTORS:  Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou


In 2006, the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth, in collaboration with Cornell University and Ithaca College, celebrated the first official Darwin Day in Ithaca, New York, with a five-day series of panel discussions, film screenings, speakers, and workshops, aimed at increasing awareness of Darwin’s theory and its relevance today, in the Ithaca community and beyond.

Join in this year on February 6 – 12 as they navigate the wild world of evolution through their annual celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin. This year, PRI will offer both virtual and in person events exploring the incredible world of insects. Their ancestors first walked on land 400 million years ago, and without them, the world as we know it would not exist.