Charles Darwin Facts

Charles Darwin Facts
Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 to April 19, 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, that is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.
Interesting Charles Darwin Facts:
Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, the son of Robert Darwin and Susannah Darwin.
His mother died in 1817 when Darwin was eight-years-old, mostly likely due to complications of stomach cancer.
Darwin was a very free thinker and loved learning everything he could. He finally got to go to school when he was seven-years-old.
In 1825 he spent his summer as an apprentice doctor to his father, but found lectures boring and surgery upsetting so he neglected his studies. He later learned taxidermy from a freed slave.
Darwin later became interested in botany, but his father did not like this; his father wanted him to be a doctor.
On December 27, 1831, Darwin went on an expedition to map the coastline of South Africa. The expedition lasted for almost 5 years.
While on this trip, Darwin discovered fossils of extinct animals.
By the time Darwin returned from this expedition, he had become very famous amongst scientists.
On September 20, 1837, Darwin became very sick and doctors urged him to quit working and rest in the country for a few weeks.
He went back home to his family but they had too many questions about his adventures to let him rest.
He experienced many periods of time where he became very ill and had many health problems. This usually occurred during times of stress.
Darwin later decided to marry his cousin Emma Wedgewood who was nine months older than him.
He created the theory of natural selection which is the gradual way that heritable traits become biological traits.
Darwin established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors.
He introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history. His scientific contributions have helped us get where we are today.

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