Report about Darwin, Evolution, Natural selection. Also, my opion on evolution, I would not suggest using my opion.

Essay by DitechJunior High, 9th gradeA, March 2004

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Charles Darwin was born on 12 February, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. His father, Robert Darwin, was a physician, the son of Erasmus Darwin, a poet, philosopher, and naturalist. Charles's mother, Susannah Wedgwood Darwin, died when he was eight years old. At age sixteen, Darwin left Shrewsbury to study medicine at Edinburgh University. Repelled by the sight of surgery performed without anesthesia, he eventually went to Cambridge Univeristy to prepare to become a clergyman in the Church of England. After receiving his degree, Darwin accepted an invitation to serve as an unpaid naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle, which departed on a five-year scientific expedition to the Pacific coast of South America in December, 1831. His massive research from this voyage resulted in the basis of his famous book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The work aroused a storm of controversy, when it was published in 1859.

Here, Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, challenging the contemporary beliefs about the creation of life on earth. Darwin continued to write and publish his works on biology throughout his life. He lived with his wife and children at their home in the village of Downe, fifteen miles from London. Thought now to have suffered from panic disorder, as well as disease contracted during his travels in South America, he was plagued with fatigue and intestinal sickness for the rest of his life. He died in April, 1882, and lies buried in Westminster Abbey.

Natural selection is a process in nature by which the organisms best suited to their environment are the ones most likely to survive. The process has also been called 'survival of the fittest'. This theory was first explained in detail by Charles Darwin. He theorized that all plants and animals evolved from a few...