His grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, an inventor and fellow member of the Lunar Society[note 1] who also proposed a theory that was similar to evolution. When Charles was little, he liked to pull pranks and make jokes. In school, he did not pay much attention towards teachers, because he was more interested in science, like chemistry, and not interested in what the teachers taught him, which was mostly Greek and Latin classics and ancient civilizations and empires. As he got older, he initially studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but having lost interest in becoming a doctor, he, being interested in nature, then decided to go beetle-hunting.
Summary of Darwin's theory[ edit ] Darwin pictured shortly before publication Darwin's theory of evolution is based on key facts and the inferences drawn from them, which biologist Ernst Mayr summarised as follows: Despite periodic fluctuations, populations remain roughly the same size fact.
Resources such as food are limited and are relatively stable over time fact. A struggle for survival ensues inference.
Individuals in a population vary significantly from one another fact. Much of this variation is heritable fact. Individuals less suited to the environment are less likely to survive and less likely to reproduce; individuals more suited to the environment are more likely to survive and more likely to reproduce and leave their heritable traits to future generations, which produces the process of natural selection fact.
This slowly effected process results in populations changing to adapt to their environments, and ultimately, these variations accumulate over time to form new species inference.
History of evolutionary thought and History of biology Developments before Darwin's theory[ edit ] In later editions of the book, Darwin traced evolutionary ideas as far back as Aristotle ;  the text he cites is a summary by Aristotle of the ideas of the earlier Greek philosopher Empedocles.
Nature was widely believed to be unstable and capricious, with monstrous births from union between species, and spontaneous generation of life. After the turmoil of the English Civil Warthe Royal Society wanted to show that science did not threaten religious and political stability.
John Ray developed an influential natural theology of rational order; in his taxonomyspecies were static and fixed, their adaptation and complexity designed by God, and varieties showed minor differences caused by local conditions.
In God's benevolent design, carnivores caused mercifully swift death, but the suffering caused by parasitism was a puzzling problem. The biological classification introduced by Carl Linnaeus in also viewed species as fixed according to the divine plan.
InGeorges Buffon suggested that some similar species, such as horses and asses, or lions, tigers, and leopards, might be varieties descended from a common ancestor. Wernerians thought strata were deposits from shrinking seasbut James Hutton proposed a self-maintaining infinite cycle, anticipating uniformitarianism.
Both envisaged that spontaneous generation produced simple forms of life that progressively developed greater complexity, adapting to the environment by inheriting changes in adults caused by use or disuse. This process was later called Lamarckism. Lamarck thought there was an inherent progressive tendency driving organisms continuously towards greater complexity, in parallel but separate lineages with no extinction.
Georges Cuvier strongly disputed such ideas, holding that unrelated, fixed species showed similarities that reflected a design for functional needs. All naturalists in the two English universities Oxford and Cambridge were Church of England clergymen, and science became a search for these laws.
Charles Darwin's education and Inception of Darwin's theory Darwin went to Edinburgh University in to study medicine. In his second year he neglected his medical studies for natural history and spent four months assisting Robert Grant 's research into marine invertebrates.
Grant revealed his enthusiasm for the transmutation of species, but Darwin rejected it. Filled with zeal for science, he studied catastrophist geology with Adam Sedgwick.
In Decemberhe joined the Beagle expedition as a gentleman naturalist and geologist. Jagofound Lyell's uniformitarianism a key to the geological history of landscapes.
Darwin discovered fossils resembling huge armadillosand noted the geographical distribution of modern species in hope of finding their "centre of creation".
At the zoo he had his first sight of an ape, and was profoundly impressed by how human the orangutan seemed. Darwin related this to the struggle for existence among wildlife and botanist de Candolle's "warring of the species" in plants; he immediately envisioned "a force like a hundred thousand wedges" pushing well-adapted variations into "gaps in the economy of nature", so that the survivors would pass on their form and abilities, and unfavourable variations would be destroyed.
Development of Darwin's theory Darwin continued to research and extensively revise his theory while focusing on his main work of publishing the scientific results of the Beagle voyage. In Novemberthe anonymously published popular science book Vestiges of the Natural History of Creationwritten by Scottish journalist Robert Chamberswidened public interest in the concept of transmutation of species.
Vestiges used evidence from the fossil record and embryology to support the claim that living things had progressed from the simple to the more complex over time. But it proposed a linear progression rather than the branching common descent theory behind Darwin's work in progress, and it ignored adaptation.At the request of a German editor, Charles Darwin () began his autobiography at the age of His granddaughter and editor, Nora Barlow, tells us that he revised it over several years.
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