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Charles Darwin published ‘The Origin of Species’ (1859)

Charles Darwin published ‘The Origin of Species’ (1859)

The Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin that is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. The book presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had collected on an expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings.

Activity Ideas:

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