Charles Darwin's Theory

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Charles Darwin is known as one of the greatest naturalist in world history. He spent years traveling aboard the “Beagle” to collect specimens and record data to understand and develop theories. During his time Darwin faced many struggles when developing his theory of evolution, it being a far-reaching idea at the time. Knowing his theory would go against religious beliefs he waited two decades before showing his work to the public. When he finally released his work and the books he had written the theories were still not widely accepted but began to make people rethink their place on the planet. This paper will examine his voyages aboard “The Beagle” to south America and the Galapagos islands, as well as his work on “Natural selection” and …show more content…
Transmutation was the term they used for Evolution at the time. In the finches and tortoises Darwin noticed that each had a slightly different variation in either their shell or beak depending on which island they were on. For example, the beaks of the finches changed sizes according to their island so that they were more adapted to the type of food they would eat on that island. He figured out that the birds with the beaks more suited to their island would survive and breed their trait over birds who were unable to survive do to their beaks not being suited to that …show more content…
All of Darwin’s research, work, and “the scientific theories that had emerged from the voyage were still highly contested”19. The issue was not his scientific part of his theories it was that the problem was more of an issue with culture at the time. Not only was it and ethics issue many people were quick to judge if they could not understand information that was put in front of them. Which was understandable since Darwin’s theory was something very revolutionary at the time. The thought at the time was that God had made the animals and plants on the earth. “He invented it and then sold it to the world that was only willing to see its own values provided with a ‘natural’ justification”20. Darwin’s theories began to make sense to people only years after his death. People were finally coming to see how variance and inheritance actually worked and that he was in fact right in his

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