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Where Charles Darwin studied animals?

A Biography of Charles Darwin

The year 2014 marks the 155th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species as well as the 205th anniversary of the birth of its author, Charles Robert Darwin.

Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809. He was the fourth child born to Robert Waring Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood. The Darwin family was wealthy and Charles grew up in comfort.

He attended Shrewsbury School from 1818-1825 before leaving for Edinburgh University at the age of 16. There he was to study medicine with the intention of becoming a physician like his father. But Darwin displayed little interest in the field and could hardly bear the sight of blood, so it soon became clear his life’s work would be in some other profession.

During his time at Edinburgh University, Darwin studied marine invertebrates under the supervision of Robert Grant. Grant, an evolutionist, questioned the idea that species were immutable and his ideas became an influence on the young Darwin.

Grant lead the Edinburgh Plinian Society for student naturalists, a group to which Darwin became a member in 1826. It was in one of Grant’s articles that Darwin’s name first appeared in print.

In 1827, Darwin abandoned his pursuit of medicine. Following a suggestion by his father, Darwin decided to study to become a clergyman. The choice took him to Christ’s College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Darwin blossomed as an amateur naturalist. He spent much of his free time collecting beetles and developing his knowledge of natural history. Darwin had an extraordinary desire to observe the natural world and ask questions about how it works.

During his Cambridge years, Darwin formed a close friendship with botany Professor, John Stevens Henslow. This friendship lead to the opportunity that would shape the rest of Darwin’s life, and would forever change our understanding of the natural world. It was Henslow who helped Darwin gain passage aboard the HMS Beagle, a survey ship that was to undertake a five-year journey around the world.

The commander of the HMS Beagle was Robert FitzRoy. Darwin would be FitzRoy’s companion and would also serve as the ship’s naturalist. In December of 1831, the HMS Beagle left Plymouth, England. It set a course southward, which took it around Cape Horn at South America’s southernmost tip. The HMS Beagle then turned northward following the west coast of South America to the Galapagos Islands. It crossed the Pacific Ocean via Tahiti before going on to New Zealand and Australia. After tracing a course along Australia’s south coast, the Beagle continued across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, around Cape Agulhas at the southern tip of Africa. From there it again crossed the Atlantic to South America’s east coast before heading northward back to England.

During his years aboard the HMS Beagle, Darwin collected specimens and took detailed zoological notes. He also continued to read the works of other scientists of the time, including Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology. It is this book that impressed upon Darwin the concept of a slowly changing earth and the immensity of geological time.




Missing link found

by GodAlmighty


Feast your eyes on what a group of scientists call the Holy Grail of human evolution.
A team of researchers Tuesday unveiled an almost perfectly intact fossil of a 47 million-year-old primate they say represents the long-sought missing link between humans and apes.
Officially known as Darwinius masillae, the fossil of the lemur-like creature dubbed Ida shows it had opposable thumbs like humans and fingernails instead of claws.
Scientists say the cat-sized animal's hind legs offer evidence of evolutionary changes that led to primates standing upright - a breakthrough that could finally confirm Charles Darwin's theory of evolution

"In China We Can Criticize Darwin": Prelude  — Discovery Institute
In his February lecture at the Burke Museum of the University of Washington, Chen described many of the Chengjiang fossils and argued that their abrupt appearance in the early Cambrian was a problem for Darwinian evolution.

FAQ

Ray Eston Smith Jr
What are the fundamental laws of social morality?

Here's what I think:

First Law. Don't initiate force or fraud. This is absolutely true because people will not voluntarily associate with anyone who coerces or defrauds them. If a group of people don't obey this law, then they aren't voluntarily associated, therefore they are not a society, therefore social morality does not apply to them, anymore than it applies to rocks and trees.


Second Law. There are no other laws, because any other law would violate the first law.

Note: I am distinguishing between social morality, which people…

I don't think there are really any laws of social morality it is just social order.

Few scientists and religious scholars have seriously pondered how science and religion can be reconciled. But times are changing. Not long ago I attended two meetings that brought together scientists, theologians, and religious scholars to discuss just that issue. The first gathering was part of the Science and the Spiritual Quest II program ( sponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California. The other was organized by the American Association for the…

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