November 24: A New Idea

November 24: A New Idea

Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

November 24, 1859 C.E. The English naturalist, Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species”.  Largely gathering evidence from his voyage on the Beagle expedition of the 1830’s, Darwin’s publication introduced the scientific theory of evolution and natural selection to the modern world. The naturalist’s theories though, gained much skepticism from the scientific community, as the scientific establishment was closely tied to the Anglican Church, the state church of England. While the Anglican Church and the scientific establishment believed that mankind and the animal world remained entirely separate and unrelated, Darwin rejected such ideas, instead promoting the theory of transmutation of species – the belief that living organisms could alter from one species to another over time. Despite much initial rejection by the main populace, Darwin’s theories gained much popularity over the coming decades, laying the foundation for modern evolutionary biology.

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