On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection Or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Mar 1, 2007 - Science - 328 pages
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On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, is widely accepted as the seminal work in modern biology. Through careful observation, Charles Darwin explains how traits can be selected for within a population. This is easily observed in the artificial selection of farm animals, for instance. Darwin's theory caused an uproar that can still be heard today by refuting the Christian doctrine of created breeds, in which all species that exist now have always existed just as they are. It is the very publication of this work that gave Charles Darwin his place of prominence in the history of the theory of evolution, because while he was not the first to suggest such a mechanism, his book and its exhaustive studies made the information widely available. English scientist, naturalist, and geologist CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) revolutionized science, especially biology, with his theory of evolution through natural selection. As a passenger aboard the Beagle, Darwin became intrigued by the existence of different species in different geographical locations, which aided in the development of his theory. In addition to The Origin of Species, he is also remembered for The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
  

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Just thick prose, and nothing all that interesting yet. - Goodreads
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He then moves on to explain natural selection. - Goodreads

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Contents

VARIATION UNDER DOMESTICATION
5
VARIATION UNDER NATURE
29
STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE
39
NATURAL SELECTION
51
LAWS OF VARIATION
83
DIFFICULTIES ON THEORY
108
INSTINCT
131
HYBRIDSM
155
ON THE IMPERFECTION OF THE GEOLOGICAL RECORD
176
ON THE GEOLOGICAL SUCCESSION OF ORGANIC BEINGS
196
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION
217
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTIONcontinued
240
MUTUAL AFFINITIES OF ORGANIC BEINGS MORPHOLOGY EMBRYOLOGY RUDIMENTARY ORGANS
258
RECAPITULATION AND CONCLUSION
288
INDEX
308
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Page 1 - When on board HMS Beagle, as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.

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Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

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