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Darwin's Originality

Science  09 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5911, pp. 223-226
DOI: 10.1126/science.1160332

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Abstract

Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection has been hailed as one of the most innovative contributions to modern science. When first proposed in 1859, however, it was widely rejected by his contemporaries, even by those who accepted the general idea of evolution. This article identifies those aspects of Darwin's work that led him to develop this revolutionary theory, including his studies of biogeography and animal breeding, and his recognition of the role played by the struggle for existence.

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