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Charles Darwin: The Father of Evolutionary Studies



Charles Darwin was an English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies. He was born on February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His father was a wealthy society doctor and financier named Robert Darwin. Charles Darwin’s grandfathers Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood were both prominent abolitionists.

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Darwin’s proposition that all species of life have descended from a common ancestor is now generally accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science. He published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.