Darwin had two things to contribute to this debate

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Darwin had two things to contribute to this debate: a wealth of observations on  adaptation, and, more importantly, a theory that could explain how new adaptations  arose without the guiding hand of a divine Creator. His observations were gained by his  own experience on the  Beagle,  his eight painstaking years of work on barnacles, and  the advice and expertise of friends like Hooker. His theory was his own creation. Darwin  solved the problem of evolution by pointing to a mechanism that depended on nothing  but variation and chance:  natural selection . Many more individuals were born than could  be supported by the environment, which meant that some had to die. Which ones died?  Obviously, those that were least well adapted to the environment. Given that there is  variation in the population, and that that variation is heritable (i.e. can be passed from  one generation to the next), it was clear that the most useful adaptations would be 
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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