Biography of Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. Darwin was the fifth child of his parents, Robert and Susannah. Darwin though, would soon become famous for centuries to come with his theories on evolution and natural selection.
As still a young man, just 22, Darwin would serve as a naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle for a science expedition around the world. On the expedition Darwin would find fossils similar to modern species that would arouse his scientific thinking. From there he would travel to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean and find variations amongst plants and animals of the same general type as those found in South America.
As Darwin's expedition came to a close he returned to London where he would study his own notes and specimens which he collected. From his research he introduced the idea of evolution. Not only that, but that evolutionary change was gradual and took several thousands to millions of years to complete. Darwin also concluded that evolution took place within a process known as "natural selection" and all species alive today once evolved from a single cell organism.
Darwin's theories held that evolution took place randomly and survival or extintion of organisms was determined by their ability to adapt to their own environment. He went on to write several books, "The Origin of Species" is the most known.
After Darwin's completion of "The Origin of Species" he would write lesser known works on botany, geology and zoology until he would lay rest at Westminster Abbey in 1882.
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