Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

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The question of how man evolved has been pondered for some time. Many great philosophers and explorers have made attempts to try to answer this question. Charles Darwin was one of these people. Darwin led a full life of exploration, and during these adventures, he accumulated much information about evolution. He met many explorers that had various ideas of their own about how man evolved. In discussion with these people, he figured out if what they were telling him was fact or fiction. This helped him to formulate his own theory. Curiosity was aroused in Darwin at a very young age. He was one of those children that are always into things, trying to find out how things work. He was especially interested in the outdoors. He was a very smart child, but his father, Robert Waring Darwin II, didn't think so. "Darwin had a youth unmarked by the slightest trace of genius." (Rachels,7). This didn't stop Darwin, though. He never lost this curiosity throughout the years. At the age of 18, he made a very important discovery about flustra, which is "1. That the ova of the Flustra possess organs of motion and 2. That the small black globular body hithero mistaken for the young Fucus lorious is in reality the ovum of the Pontobdella Muricata." (Rachels,7). In the early 1800's, a group of naturalists led by Captain FitzRoy, were planning an overseas trip, which they called the Voyage of the Beagle. They invited Darwin along, not as a naturalist, but as a helper. Through this trip, Darwin met many explorers that had their own theories about evolution. The first theory, which is the best known and most widely accepted one, is creationism. Creationism states that God created the heavens and the earth. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...becomes of all this, if man is but a modified ape?"(Rachels,1). Darwin made a scientific breakthrough. He did this by being an explorer throughout his life. He had help from many great scientists and by going on the Voyage of the Beagle. Darwinism impacted people in a huge way, and has helped scientists a lot. Even though many people put down Darwin's theory, it has helped scientists greatly. Charles Darwin is a very important person, and if he were alive today, he would probably be honored for his achievements. Bibliography: "Calendar of Authors." February, 1998. (March,1999) Jastrow, Robert, ed. The Essential Darwin. Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1984. Rachels, James. Created From Animals: The Moral Implications Of Darwinism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

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  • Explains that darwin met many explorers who had their own theories about evolution. creationism states that god created the heavens and the earth.
  • Explains that darwin's stop at the galapagos islands in 1835 was important in the formulation of his theory because he discovered that each island contained different species of animals and adapted to their specific environment.
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