Have you ever heard that we evolved from monkeys? I have. It is called the theory of evolution. The scientist behind this theory is Charles Darwin. Darwin is the first of many evolutionary biologists, and this is his story.
Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Charles’ father, who was a doctor, wanted him to be a doctor. Charles’ mother, Susannah, died when Charles was 8. Shortly after the death of his mother, Darwin was sent away to boarding school. Seven years later, Charles’ father took him out of school due to having bad grades and no direction in life.
For two years, Charles attended Edinburgh. When he decided he didn’t want to go to medical school anymore, he transferred to Cambridge. Cambridge is a Christian c
college. He attended it for three years. While attending Cambridge, Charles found a mentor in a young professor, John Henslow. Henslow introduced Darwin to Professor Adam Sedgwick, a professor of Geology at Cambridge. He invited Charles to his lectures and on trips with him. Charles was addicted to geology within a week of his first trip with Professor Sedgwick.
Charles was invited aboard the HMS Beagle for a five year scientific expedition. He accepted the offer. Darwin’s role on the voyage was to keep Captain Robert FitzRoy company. FitzRoy
showed favoritism toward Darwin even though they argued every now and then. They remained friends during the voyage and years after. They were friends until FitzRoy had a feeling that Charles didn’t give him enough credit for the expedition. During the expedition, Charles provided himself with enough evidence to make a conclusion. All of his evidence supports that everything on Earth has evolved. Life started out small and slow. Our current state of existence is a result of some process working upon natural materials throughout a period of millions and millions of years. This is called the theory of evolution. Charles married Emma...
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