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Unformatted text preview: 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 audience, gave an impassioned reply, accusing the Bishop of "prejudice and falsehood." Tensions were high. At the time it was unclear who won the debate, but it has gone down in history as victory for Darwin. In any case it was clear that Darwinism could not be ignored....
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