Darwin7 - Darwin's Precursors and Influences Struggle for...

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Darwin's Precursors and Influences Struggle for existence It is well-known that Darwin gained his initial mechanism for evolution from a reading in October 1838 of Malthus' Essay on the Principle of Population (6th edition, 1826 1 ). In this essay, Malthus argued that the poor ought not to be given relief as this would only increase their numbers. The crucial point for Darwin was that unchecked growth would outstrip food, and that a population would therefore be checked by starvation. In the context of natural species, Darwin saw that this would mean that not all those born could survive, with implications for evolution. However, in his Autobiography ( 1959 ) he noted that he was well-prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence from years of observation in the wild, and indeed the struggle for existence was a common and popular theme of the time, as evidenced in the often-quoted phrase from Tennyson's 1850 poem "In Memoriam AHH": "nature red in tooth and claw", from which also comes the stanza
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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