The Legacy Of Charles Darwin

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It is difficult to overstate the influence Charles Robert Darwin has had on science, society and the world. His theories lead to a complete revolution of biological science and are an entire school of thought today. This essay will discuss his legacy. Darwin is often called the "father of evolution". Darwin realised and presented evidence of evolution through natural selection. That is, all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors. This theory was widely accepted by the scientific community and much of the public in his lifetime. The theory of evolution through natural selection today forms the basis for modern evolutionary theory. Darwin's journey to discover evolution appears to have started at the University of Cambridge. He originally studied medicine at Edinburgh, but neglected these studies to investigate marine invertebrates. At Cambridge, a passion for natural science was encouraged and in 1931 set aboard HMS Beagle for journey that would later become world famous. The voyage lasted five years, as captain Fitzroy had intended. As the Beagle charted and surveyed coasts, Darwin spent most of his time on land, investigating geology and making collections of natural history. During the journey he considered problems of the then established faith-based theory of species. On the Beagle's return in 1936, Darwin's ideas developed rapidly. Many years later in 1859, when Darwin was a well- established writer and naturalist, On the Origin of Species was published. His book is a landmark in evolutionary biology and is often regarded as a sort of founding document for modern evolutionary science. The effects of Charles Darwin's work are profound today. Modern biology is sometimes said to owe an unpayable debt to him. He is often called the "father" of modern biology. Darwin's theories were a breakthrough in the mid-nineteenth
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