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Charles Darwin (1809 1882)

Lifespan: 1809 - 1882

Related: biology - natural history - naturalism - science - 1800s

Contemporary caricature of Charles Darwind

The Origin of Species (1859) - Charles Darwin
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The Origin of Species (full title On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life) by British naturalist Charles Darwin is one of the hallmark works of biology. In it, Darwin details his theory that organisms gradually evolve through natural selection. It was first published on November 24, 1859 and immediately sold out its initial print run. The book was highly controversial when first published, as it negated the need for a biblical creation. --[1]

Biography

Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 April 19, 1882) was an eminent English naturalist [Darwin was also considered a geologist, biologist, author; he was trained in taxidermy.] who achieved lasting fame by convincing the scientific community that species develop over time from a common origin. His theories explaining this phenomenon through natural and sexual selection are central to the modern understanding of evolution as the unifying theory of the life sciences, essential in biology and important in other disciplines such as anthropology, psychology and philosophy.[1] --[1]

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