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Charles Darwin Case

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Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury England on 1809, he belonged to a wealthy family his father owned the biggest medical practice outside of London. Darwin attended a private university in Edinburg as a medical student but did not show good academics interest. Two years later he withdrew and decided to go for something else. He was send by his father to Cambridge University. He became very interested in science however Darwin rejected the concept of biological evolution. He finally graduated from Cambridge University on 1831 with a bachelor’s degree in art, but it was clear that Darwin was more interested in biology and geology. It was until he went to the Galapagos that he made an observation that will eventually lead him to believe and comprehend the causes that help plants and animals to evolve; however it was not until 1837 that he clearly formulated his views about evolution. At the time of leaving the island, he apparently still believed in the traditional Biblical creation of life.

Darwin came to an understanding of any population consisting of individuals that are quite different from each other. Those that have a variation which give them some sort of advantage in staying stronger and alive longer enough are the ones that will pass on the strongest traits more frequently into the fallowing generation. Eventually their traits will be more common which will make the population evolve. Darwin called it “descent with modification.”

One great example in the Galapagos for this process was the finches. Among the ones that end up in a more dry and isolated environment, the ones with better beaks were more suited to eat from the cactus and get more food. As a result of this obviously they were in better shape and conditions to mate and reproduce. Also those with better beaks shapes were on great advantage from eating hard seeds and getting nectar from the flowers. Therefore in a very common sense nature kept the best suited and adapted varieties


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