Earth teems with a stunning diversity of living things. The source of this profusion of life was a profound mystery until Charles Darwin presented his revolutionary ideas on natural selection in his book “On the Origin of Species” on November 24th, 1859.
Natural selection has given rise to a plethora of living organisms each adapted and specialized to occupy a particular ecological niche and over time this process eventually led to the emergence of new species.
|This portrait of Charles Darwin was painted by George Richmond in the late 1830s, around the time Darwin was fleshing out his theory of evolution.|
radical insights raised as many questions as they answered. What actually
drives evolution and turns one species into another? To what degree do
different animals rely on the same genetic toolkit? And how did humans evolve? Darwin
|The title page of the 1859 edition of On the Origin of Species|
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What Darwin Didn't Know