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On This Day in History: Charles Darwin Published his On the Origin of Species

On This Day in History: Charles Darwin Published his On the Origin of Species

On November 24th, 1859, Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book On the Origin of Species.

Charles Darwin, known as the father of natural selection, was an English natural scientist and researcher.  Darwin became interested in botany and natural sciences when he was a young boy and this fascination with the natural world carried him throughout his life.  When he began his studies at Cambridge, he began participating in scientific voyages.  During his most famous excursion, Darwin traveled around South America aboard the HMS Beagle and visited the Galapagos Islands.  While he was on this voyage, Darwin built a reputation as a gifted field researcher and scientific writer and many of his papers were read at the meetings of prominent scientific societies throughout London.  After returning from his trip with the HMS Beagle, Darwin began working on his theory of natural selection.  However, fearing the backlash that scientists with radical theories often faced, Darwin refused to publish his On the Origin of Species for many years.  However, once he did, the book was an immediate best-seller and today he is credited withlaying the foundations for modern botany, cellular biology, and genetics.

In honor of Darwin’s scientific accomplishments, here are some interesting facts for all of us to enjoy.

  • Darwin only published his On the Origin of Species when there was the talk of another scientist, Alfred Russell Wallace, getting ready to publish similar theories.
  • While usually abbreviated to On the Origin of Species, the full title of Darwin’s famous book is a doozy. The full title reads: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
  • Darwin father was a physician and Darwin originally wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he eventually gave up on this idea when he realized he couldn’t stand the sight of blood.
  • Apparently, Darwin was almost missed the chance to study aboard the HMS Beagle due to the shape of his nose. In his autobiography, Darwin revealed that the captain of the Beagle believed that he could judge a man’s character by his facial features.  The captain feared that Darwin’s nose indicated that he lacked the energy and determination to undertake such a voyage.
  • When Darwin published his theory of evolution, the Church attacked him mercilessly. It took 126 years after his death for the Church of England to issue a formal apology to Darwin.

Join us at the The Maria Sanchez Show in remembering the father of natural selection, Charles Darwin.  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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