Born OTD in 1809, English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, Charles Darwin. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science.

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Darwin’s theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, revealing the complex mutual interdependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment, and – by implication – within the human world. Available in store and online.

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