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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Charles Darwin was a scientist and known all over the world. He was born in Shropshire, England in 1809. As a young boy he was not considered to be very intelligent because of his continued study of insects and rocks, instead of learning what other people wanted him to learn. H.M.S. Beagle had to go on a surveying voyage round the world, and Darwin got the chance to go with it. The voyage lasted from 1831 to 1836 and gave him wonderful opportunities for studying plants, animals and rock formations, and he kept many notes of what he saw.

The idea that all forms of life were related, and that even men had evolved from simpler creatures is spoken of as the Theory of Evolution. Darwin also wrote a book about it called The Origin of the Species by Natural Selection. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

Evolution is the process which produces gradual changes in the make-up of all living things. Since no two individuals are exactly alike, there are always some with certain things about them that make them better able to survive than others.