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The Central Colorado Humanists (CCH) will host a free community celebration in honor of scientist Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday and International Darwin Day, beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 10, in the Pinon Room of the Buena Vista Community Center. The program will include a showing of the film, the Dawn of Humanity, followed by discussion and refreshments.

The film describes the 2013 discovery, and later excavation, of the fossil remains of an extinct species of human found within the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star Cave system, located in South Africa.

Archaeologist K. Kris Hirst said Dawn of Humanity provides “a rich context for the discovery, setting the historical and evolutionary background so that viewers can understand the significance of the discovery.”

Every year at this time, groups all over the world celebrate Charles Darwin’s many contributions to science. The official website ( notes the International Darwin Day mission, “is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.”

The event is free to the public, and the group says that donations to the CCH scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted.