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On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin, Julian Huxley

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On The Origin Of Species is the foundational book for modern evolutionary biology that marked a turning point in how we think about the beginnings of humankind.

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On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin

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Until the 19th century, it was widely believed that humanity had been created separately from other animals. But our view of the natural world would change forever with the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Darwin was an English biologist and geologist whose expeditions in the southern hemisphere led him to develop his theory of how different species evolve through natural selection. Initially met with opposition, Darwin's work has now been accepted as the cornerstone of biology.

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There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that ... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

- Charles Darwin

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