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Willy Goebel, Per. 1 Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, a small town in Shropshire, England on 12 February 1809 at his family home, called the Mount. He was the fifth child and second son of Robert Waring Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood. Like several scientists before him, Darwin believed all the life on earth evolved over millions of years from a few common ancestors. In 1831, Darwn set out on H.M.S. Beagle as a self-financed gentleman companion to the 26-year-old captain, Robert Fitzroy. In South America, Darwin found fossils of extinct animals that were similar to modern species. The expedition visited places around the world, and Darwin studied plants and animals everywhere he went, collecting specimens for further study. Out of this study grew several related theories: one, evolution did occur; two, evolutionary change was gradual, requiring thousands to millions of years; three, the primary mechanism for evolution was a process called natural selection; and four,
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course NA 12345 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '09 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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