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Interesting Facts About Charles Darwin

Happy Darwin Day! (With 20 Obscure Facts About the Man Himself

Today is Charles Darwin’s 203rd birthday! For good reason, we celebrate Darwin’s monumental contributions to science. His theory of natural selection forever changed the way we view the world, as well as the trajectory of science. In many ways, modern biology started with Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species. Yet, despite Darwin’s prodigious celebrity status, we focus surprisingly little on his personal life, especially for a society that loves to uncover every detail of our idols’ live.

In honor of his birthday, I’ve compiled 20 little-known facts about Darwin. o make one of the most pivotal discoveries in history, but who cared deeply for his family, pursued countless assorted interests with a fierce curiosity, and held a strong sense of compassion. Here they are, presented in roughly chronological order:

1. Runs in the Family

Charles was not the first Darwin to speculate about evolution. volution in his publication Zoonomia, or the Laws of Organic Life (1794-1796). In it, he wrote:

“Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament, which THE GREAT FIRST CAUSE endued with animality, with the power of acquiring new parts, attended with new propensities, directed by irritations, sensations, volitions, and associations; and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end!”

He further suggests that every organism has “three great objects of desire” — lust, hunger, and security — and that the strongest and most active individuals of a given species are the ones that persist, thereby continually improving the lineage. Erasmus’s conjectures preempted the theories about natural selection and survival of the fittest that his grandson would develop 40 years later.

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