On the Origin of Species published on 24 November , is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over more fully in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (). Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, Having published On the Origin of Species as an abstract of his theory, he pressed on The Autobiography of Charles Darwin – The Autobiography of Charles Darwin in the Vegetable Kingdom · The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals Insectivorous Plants (book) On the Origin of Species The Descent of Man, And Selection in Relation to Sex. V. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication · The Voyage of the Beagle.
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Looking for books by Charles Darwin? See all books authored by Charles Darwin, including On the origin of species, and Voyage of the Beagle, and more on. evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, On The Origin Of Species & Other Bonus Works: Einstein Theory of Relativity, From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin's Four Great Books ( Voyage of the Beagle, The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches. This, certainly the most important biological book ever written, has received wrote to Darwin, late in after the publication of On the origin of species, 'I am .
After speaking to Huxley and Hooker at Downe in April , Darwin began writing a triple-volume book, tentatively called Natural Selection, which was designed to crush the opposition with a welter of facts. Darwin now had immense scientific and social authority, and his place in the parish was assured when he was sworn in as a justice of the peace in Encouraged by Lyell, Darwin continued writing through the birth of his 10th and last child, Charles Waring Darwin born in , when Emma was 48 , who was developmentally disabled.
Whereas in the s Darwin had thought that species remained perfectly adapted until the environment changed, he now believed that every new variation was imperfect, and that perpetual struggle was the rule. He also explained the evolution of sterile worker bees in Darwin had finished a quarter of a million words by June 18, That day he received a letter from Alfred Russel Wallace , an English socialist and specimen collector working in the Malay Archipelago , sketching a similar-looking theory.
Darwin was away, sick, grieving for his tiny son who had died from scarlet fever , and thus he missed the first public presentation of the theory of natural selection.
It was an absenteeism that would mark his later years. Suffering from a terrible bout of nausea , Darwin, now 50, was secreted away at a spa on the desolate Yorkshire moors when the book was sold to the trade on November 22, 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.
See also: 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 War , the 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 taxonomy , species 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. In , Georges 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 seas , but 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.
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 December , he joined the Beagle expedition as a gentleman naturalist and geologist.
Jago , found Lyell's uniformitarianism a key to the geological history of landscapes. Darwin discovered fossils resembling huge armadillos , and 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.
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