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Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Bicentenial of the Birth of Charles Darwin
(1809-1882)

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and then theology at Cambridge before deciding to travel on the British survey ship the H.M.S. Beagle to observe first hand the distribution and change in structure of animal and plant life in many parts of the world. Perhaps Darwin’s greatest book is the Origin of Species (1859) in which he put forward the idea that all species evolve over time from common ancestors by a process which he called “natural selection.” It was based upon the evidence he had accumulated when he traveled on the H.M.S. Beagle on its 2nd voyage to survey South America between 1831-36.

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