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Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
This paper discusses how Charles Darwin developed his theory on the origin of species, which he called 'that mystery of mysteries'.
# 105997 | 1,350 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 23, 2008 in History (Leaders) , Biology (General)


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Description:

The paper relates that, in "Origin of Species", Darwin shows that both domesticated and wild species are variable, and that this variation is hereditary. Impossible to prove at the time of Darwin's writings, the author points out supporting evidence that is available today. The paper relates the many people that influenced Darwin. The author concludes that Darwin created his theory with no knowledge of genetics and yet it stands true with Gregor Mendel's work.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
The Theory
Supporting Evidence
Age of the Earth
Vestigial Organs
Fossil Record
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Darwin's friendship with Henslow led him to become a naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. It would be during this time that he would take notes about many geological and biological observations and collect and observe different species that would lead to the discovery of natural selection, but it would not be until his 5-year voyage was over that he would begin to develop his theory. He published his work, The Origin of Species, when another naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace, independently reached the same conclusions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Darwin, Charles. 1999. The Origin of Species. Bantam Classics Books, New York, New York, 416pp.
  • Freeman, Scott and Jon C. Herron. Evolutionary Analysis. 2004. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 802pp.
  • Futuyma, Douglas J. 1982. The Growth of Evolutionary Science. pp. 2-11 in E. Angeloni (ed.), Physical Anthropology 06/07, McGraw Hill Contemporary Learning Services, Dubuque, Indiana.
  • Miller, Jonathan and Borin Van Loom. 1982. Darwin: For Beginners. Pantheon Books, New York, 176pp.
  • Rennie, John. 2000. 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense. pp. 16-22 in E. Angeloni (ed.), Physical Anthropology 06/07, McGraw Hill Contemporary Learning Services, Dubuque, Indiana.

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