Charles Darwin

Author of The Origin of Species and creator of the theory of evolution and the concept of natural selection

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Charles Darwin

How old is the theory of evolution?

Aristotle came up with the first theory about life on Earth and he believed that species were fixed creations arranged by their complexity, and those ideas alone lasted for 2000 years. Lamarck later discover that change occurs over a long period of time and he discovered that in the early 1800s. Finally, in 1859, Darwin published his book about his theory of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection.) This encompassed his findings from his voyage on the HMS Beagle in 1831-36 on divergent evolution of finches on Galapagos Island and also his research in Australia.

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Where is the Darwin Research Center?

The Charles Darwin Foundation operates the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

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Did Darwin Repent?

If you're asking did Darwin have a "death bed" conversion, then the answer is no. The story originated from Lady Hope who claimed he had such a conversion. Darwin's daughter, who was present at Darwin's death, said that not only was Lady Hope not present, she didn't think that Darwin had ever met Lady Hope.

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How does coevolution differ from evolution?

It doesn't. Co-evolution is simply a special case of evolution in which two or more species affect the direction of one another's evolution. The classic example is predator/prey interaction. All rabbits are variants and all fast rabbits vary among themselves also, with the faster ones surviving to reproduce ever faster rabbits. ( within physical limits and incrementally; think of how humans have shaved time off the mile run in the last 50 years ) This drives the evolution of faster, within limits, predators to chase these rabbits. Thus you get a arms race of coevolution in two interacting organisms.

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What adaptations did Darwin notice in finches?

He noticed that birds called finches had different kinds of beaks in areas with different food sources. He found finches with thick beaks in areas with large hard shelled nuts, and finches with smaller beaks in areas where fruits were available. These differences seemed to match the environment and the diet of the finches.

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Why was Charles Darwin's research considered important?

it explains many facets of evolution

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Did James Hutton and Nicholas Steno sleep together?

No. Especially as Nicholas Steno died 40 years before James Hutton was born.

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What was Charles Darwin big contribution?

He contributed the Theory of Evolution to science.

Evolution: is the change over time in one or more inherited traits found in populations of individuals. Inherited traits are distinguishing characteristics, for exampleanatomical, biochemical or behavioural, that are passed on from one generation to the next. Evolution requires variation of inherited traits within a population. New variants of inherited traits can enter a population from outside populations, and this is referred to as gene flow. Alternatively, new variants can come into being from within a population in at least three ways: mutation of DNA, epimutation (a change inherited in some way other than through the sequence of nucleotides in DNA), and genetic recombination.

Scientific Theory: Is an accepted and proved scientific fact that states HOW or WHY something happens. The general misconceptions about theories is that they have not been proved... THIS IS WRONG. Alos, theories do NOT graduate to laws because laws just state that something happens under certain conditions while theories tell something happens AND how it happens.

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Why was Morgan skeptical of darwins theory of evolution?

Thomas Hunt Morgan?

Probably because working with his flies he saw large mutational events that lead him to a saltationist position. That the greatest driving force in evolution is mutation. He was a geneticist before the new synthesis showed the true power of natural selection.

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How did Charles Darwin share his results with the rest of the world?

Charles Darwin wrote the Great Book "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". The true and loyal followers in his footsteps have endeavoured to follow meekly in his wonderful footsteps and spread the news by means fair and foul that the entire world may be filled with the knowledge that was first in Charles Darwin, that man is but an ape from a speck from a warm fuzzy pool that will soon be found in a more convincing guise than any of the guises used herebefore.

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When did charles Darwin theorize evolution?

Charles Darwin sailed on the HMS Beagle in the 1820's. The classical story is that his experience of the animals and plants of South America and the Galapagos (such as iguanas, tortoises and finches) suggested to him that species were not as fixed as many had assumed. Upon his return to England, he collated and gathered much evidence for change of living organisms (across time), eventually publishing his ideas in 1859 in his famous work On the Origin of Species. Organismal change had been hypothesised before Darwin even set out on the HMS Beagle. However it was Darwin who gathered the evidence that first showed change was indisputable and that Evolution was indeed a worthy hypothesis after all. Darwin's great addition were the suggestions of the mechanisms of Natural Selection and Sexual Selection in evolution.

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What are the four major points of Darwin's theory of natural selection?

1. Overproduction - more offspring are born than survive

2. Genetic Variation - there is variation in the population

3. Struggle to Survive - organisms with suitable variations will survive and reproduce

4. Differential Reproduction - suitable variations are passed on to offspring

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What is the name for the process in which the organisms best adapted to their environment survive?

Natural selection
survival of the fittest or natural selection.

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Did Charles Darwin name his boat after his dog?

Yeah he did actually. he called it HMS beagle or the beagle for breed of dog - get it. well HMS stands for his/her Majesty's ship


Darwin did not own the ship the HMS Beagle or have any role in naming it. The HMS Beagle was a Cherokee class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy launched on 11 May 1820. Darwin accompanied the Beagle on a mapping or survey expedition to the south seas.

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When did Charles Darwin do his research?

Charles Darwin did his research in the year of 1831 on the HMS Beagle...

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What was the name of the ship Charles Darwin sailed on?

HMS Beagle.

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How many children did Charles Darwin have?

Charles Darwin had 10 children, However 3 of them died in early age. Darwin was very sad about this.

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How do fossils help explain the theories of evolution?

Fossils give us a lot of information about species which used to exist on Earth but which are now extinct. With this information we can see in greater detail how species have evolved over time.

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If people evolved from apes why are there still apes?

Why There Are Still Apes
  • Many people believe that man did not evolve from apes at all, we were created by God in His own image. That God gave man a human soul that makes them individual.

  • The only other option is a theory called evolution, by which over billions of years, the whole earth and everything in it was formed by hydrogen, which spread through the universe at the Big Bang, an explosion in which the hydrogen was formed.

  • Human beings (homo sapiens) related faintly related. Humans and other apes might share a common ape or ape-like ancestor.

  • A species only evolves to help it in its survival. The apes' ancestors could survive being an ape so they didn't continue to evolve, whereas our ancestors kept evolving to help them stay alive. Survival of the fittest is what drives evolution, and our ancestors just happened to "need" evolution more than the apes. Evolutionary process is performed by mutations, which are usually harmful or fatal. For evolution to occur, an incredible chance happened so that the mutation would not harm or kill the new creature.

  • Apes and humans evolved from an unknown common ancestor. This ancestor split up and evolved into different species, one became erect and the other continued as it was.

  • Humans didn't evolve from apes; rather, we and apes evolved from a common ancestor (who is no longer with us, we have no fossils proving this fact, but we believe it anyway). The relationship is more like cousins than parent-child.

  • By a very great chance, humans developed a brain that allows them to think, love, and be individual persons. Christians call this a soul. It elevates us above beasts.

  • There are still apes because some apes did not evolve into people. If rocks are crushed into stones, why are there still rocks? There are still rocks because some rocks did not get crushed into stones.

  • Different species have evolved according to the conditions and ecological niches they find themselves in. Speciation occurs when a subtle change confers an advantage on a given population.

  • It is also important to remember that not all changes of animals mean it has evolved. Animals have great genetic variety, to suit different environments. This is called natural selection.

    Let's think of a simple example of changes by natural selection:

    If the world were suddenly covered in snow, and polar bear-type predators invaded everywhere, it stands to reason that they'd be more likely to eat dark-colored animals which they could see more easily.

    That would give an advantage to animals which, by chance or design, happened to be white. Animals of a usually black type which happened by chance to be *partly* white might also escape the bears. They would then be most likely to breed, passing on the white genes to their offspring.

    Over time, through breeding in a selective group, all animals would become white, as the ones least suited to their environment were weeded out. Some species which were unable, by chance, to adapt, would go extinct as the polar bears ate the lot of them.

    So, humans have evolved in a different way than chimps, gorillas and orangutans because the requirements of the environment we found ourselves in were different. It was an advantage for us to go in the direction we went, just as it was for the other apes.

    Evolution works randomly. Natural Selection works towards the animal's specific needs. The mutation to create more hair in a cold environment would be in a specific population so some humans in the group would have more hair by nature (genetically). These individuals would in turn have a greater chance for survival in the cold environment. As they are selected for by nature their percentages will increase. More of the hairier humans will survive to reproduce and their children will be genetically driven to be hairier. That is just one of the marvelous and logical ways evolution in our nature world occurs.
  • Natural selection is variations in genetic genetic variety that changes a species within itself. For instance, say a tribe of fair skinned people traveled to a very hot climate, those people with darker skin would be more likely to survive thereby passing on there dark skinned genes and eventually weeding out the fair skinned people.
  • Evolution only occurs when it is necessary. Some apes evolved into man because either they moved to a new environment or their existing environment changed, making evolution necessary for survival. So, the apes who needed to adapt to their new environment through evolution to survive either did so or were wiped out (apparently, they changed, creating the human race), or stayed in a friendly environment, making evolution unnecessary and therefore, nonexistent (the apes in these conditions remained apes).

  • Technically, humans are apes.
  • Science never said humans evolved from apes. Science said that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor. That makes humans and apes related species. And those who abhor the idea of humans evolving from apes may be even more incensed to learn that we did not evolve from apes, but from a more primitive species.
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What is the theory of biorhythm?

the theory of birhythm claims that one's life is affected by rhythmic biological cycles, and seeks to make predictions regarding these cycles and the personal ease of carrying out tasks related to the cycles.

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What group of islands of the coast inspired Darvin's Theory of Evolution?

Galapagos Islands.

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Where did Charles Darwin succeed Charles Dickens?

On the Bank of England ten pound note.

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Why do you think Darwin was surprised when he read Wallace's ideas?

Shocked would be a better word. He had been told by Lyle, Hooker and Huxley to publish his theory. Told especially by Lyle that he could be scooped if he did not publish soon. So, when he saw the letter the Wallace had sent him he said; ( I paraphrase ) " that the theory that Wallace put forward could have stood as chapter heads in the book he had been planning to write. " He thought he had been scooped, bur Lyle. Hooker and Huxley came to an amiable arrangement to publish/ read out the papers of Darwin ( written some time in the 1840's ) and Wallace to a 1858 meeting of the Linnean Society. So, Wallace accepted this and became one of the inner circle in the early days of evolutionary theory.

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What were Charles Darwin's observations that were the foundation for the theory of evolution?

The individuals of a specie demonstrate variations. On average more offspring get produced than are needed for replacement of the parents but populations do remain more or less stable in nature. So there must be competition for survival/ The best adapted variants survive and reproduce. Thus evolution occurs by means of natural selection acting on this individual variation so resulting in the survival of the fittest


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