February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Charlie D

On this day 199 years ago a great man was born. Unlike other supposed "great men" this one actually existed. He was the man who brought us Evolution, The theory that explains how species arise. His Name was Charles R Darwin.

Charles Darwin was born in born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on 12 February 1809 at his family home, the Mount. He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin, and Susannah Darwin. After a varied academic career studying everything from Medicine to taxidermy Darwin started seeing the world aboard the Beagle.

While voyaging on the Beagle Darwin become obsessed with the exotic species and fossils he was finding on his travels and this lead him to start wondering where it all came from. Unlike most people of the time Darwin wasn't satisfied with the infantile notion that a magic-sky-man clicked his fingers and made it all and was sure that there was a science that could explain how such a varied array of biology could come about.

After noticing that different animals were suited to their environment Darwin formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection. The theory that says through the survival of the fittest and small gradual changes an organism can evolve into a completely different species, A species that was perfectly suited to it's environment.

Though evolutionary theory has changed a lot since Darwin first conceived it, Due to the discovery of genetics and the study of cells, Natural selection still remains the foundation of all evolutionary theory.

Without this great man medicine and the study of viruses would be pretty much nonexistent. We have a lot to thank him for.

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