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Charles Darwin's Journey Through History

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Charles Darwin was a well-known British scientist, who arranged the establishment of modern evolutionary theory with his own perception and development of all types of life through the process of natural selection. Charles' work had an influence on life, earth sciences, and on modern thought in general. He was a man who had shaped the way in which we think about evolution and how it was in the modern era. Charles Darwin established and illustrated the theory of natural selection and survival of the fittest. To entirely understand modern evolutionary thoughts, it is necessary for one to completely comprehend the notions of Charles himself. Within this paper, I will provide the reader with a full background on Charles Darwin's life and accomplishments, I will explore the development of natural selection, and his own theories on evolution along with his own personal influences.

Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He was the fifth child born into a very affluent English family. Charles' grandfather was very recognized in the 18th century. He was a physician named Erasmus Darwin. Charles wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a very successful man. After graduating from one of the best school's in England in the year of 1825, Charles Darwin attended the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. Two years after, he dropped out of medical school and chose to explore a different path at the University of Cambridge, in training for becoming a clergyman for a church in England; there he had met two outstanding people named Adam Sedgwick who was a geologist, and John Stevens Henslow who was, a naturalist. John Stevens Henslow not only assisted Charles in building his self-assurance, but he also taught him to be a careful observer of a natural phenomenon and the collector of specimens. After Charles graduated from the University of Cambridge, he was taken on board the English ship known as the HMS Beagle, mainly on John Stevens Henslow's suggestion, as an unpaid intern as a naturalist on a scientific journey sailing around the world, (Classic Literature Library 1). One of Charles Darwin's major accomplishments was on the voyage of the Beagle. While he was on the expedition, "Charles' job was to be a naturalist, which gave him the opportunity to see various geological formations found on different continents and islands along the way, as well as a huge variety of fossils and living organisms. In his geological observations, Charles was most impressed with the effect that natural forces had on shaping the earth's surface. At the time most geologists hold on to the so-called theory that the earth had experienced a succession of creations of animal and plant life, and that each creation had been destroyed by a sudden disaster, such as an disturbance or convulsion of the earth's surface. According to this theory, the most recent


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