His few supporters turned out to be those he had been preparing all along

His few supporters turned out to be those he had been preparing all along

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His few supporters turned out to be those he had been preparing all along: Hooker,  Lyell, and, most importantly, Huxley. Huxley, who up until this point had been supportive  but never yet entirely convinced, was finally firmly on Darwin's side after seeing the  abundant evidence and clear argumentation. Huxley was renowned for his temper, and  he soon became known as "Darwin's bulldog" for his willingness to tenaciously defend  the theory of evolution by natural selection. Huxley had a chance to test his teeth in a debate that took place in 1860. Darwin's most  vocal critics, aside from Sedgwick, were the primate anatomist Richard Owen and the  Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce. During the annual meeting of the British  Association at Oxford, after a talk that made some reference to Darwin's ideas,  Wilberforce gave a half-hour tirade against Darwinism. Huxley, who was also in the 
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