Charles Darwin

By:Megan Haase

Who was Charles Darwin?

He was an English naturalist who established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors. His theory involves favorable traits becoming more common in future generations of living things, while at the same time unfavorable traits become less common.

What did Charles Darwin do?

Charles Darwin is seen as the scientist who developed the modern theory of evolution and together with Alfred Russel Wallace proposed the principle of natural selection. Darwin eventually published his findings in, The Origin of the Species by Natural Selection.

What is evolution and natural selection?

Evolution-The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms.


Natural Selection-The process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.

How did he discovery his theory?

Charles Darwin sailed from Plymouth on December 27, 1831 on a journey that was to take him many thousands of miles. He sailed in a ship called the Beagle. The Beagle was not a big ship, it was only about 28 metres long and had to be home to 74 people for the whole voyage. For many of the early weeks at sea, Darwin was extremely sea-sick and could eat nothing but raisins. When they landed at Cape Verde he began to feel better, as he was able to go ashore and start noting, collecting, recording and observing the bird life, the natives, the plants and the landscape.

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