Charles Darwin

By: Ashley Morgan. Geology S'more

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Charles Darwin: The Beginning

He was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in England on February 12th, 1809. His father was a medical doctor and his grandfather was a renowned botanist. He lost his mother at age 8.

Persuing Dreams

Charles Darwin became a student at Christ’s College in Cambridge. Botany professor John Stevens Henslow became his mentor, whom recommended him for a naturalist’s position aboard the HMS Beagle. The trip had a tremendous affect on Darwin’s view of natural history. He began to develop a revolutionary theory about the origin of living beings that was contrary to the popular view of other naturalists at the time.

Developing Evolution

Darwin noticed similarities among species all over the globe, along with variations based on specific locations, leading him to believe that they had gradually evolved from common ancestors. In which he came to discover the process of natural selection. Natural selection is the process in nature by which, only the organisms best adapted to their environment tend to survive and transmit their genetic characteristics.

Death Legacy

He died in his family home in Down House, London on April 19, 1882. He was buried in Westminister Abbey. DNA studies revealed evidence of his theory of evolution.