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Celebrating the Anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

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On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin published his ground breaking work Onthe Origin of Species.

On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.  This book, now considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology, was the first to introduce the theory of evolution through the means of natural selection.  To back his theory, Darwin used evidence from his five year scientific expedition aboard the HMS Beagle and his studies of the many exotic animals found on the Galapagos Islands.  His father, Dr. R.W. Darwin, was a medical doctor, and his grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, was a renowned botanist. Darwin’s mother, Susanna, died when he was only eight years old

Upon its publication, Darwin’s theory generated widespread interest.  Because he was already a respected scientist, Darwin’s findings were taken very seriously.  Additionally, the evidence he provided was objective, scientific, and comprehensive, which further legitimized his theory.

Within two decades of On the Origin of Species’ publication, the theory of evolution was near-unanimously agreed upon by the scientific community.  Today, Darwin’s concept of evolutionary adaption through natural selection is central to modern evolutionary theory and is now the unifying concept of modern life sciences.

Joins us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.   Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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