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Who disagrees with Charles Darwin?

People Who Influenced Charles Darwin

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Lamarck also came up with an explanation for vestigial structures. His evolutionary theory was rooted in the idea that life started out as very simple and built up until it was a complex human form. These adaptations occurred as new structures that would spontaneously appear, and if they weren't used they would shrivel up and go away.

Unfortunately, some principles Lamarck hypothesized were incorrect, even though Darwin did adopt some of those incorrect ideas at first. There is no doubt that Lamarck's ideas had a strong hand in what Charles Darwin officially adopted as his own ideas.

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Thomas Malthus was arguably the most influential person on Darwin's ideas. Even though Malthus was not a scientist, he was an economist and understood populations and their growth or decline. Charles Darwin was fascinated by the idea that the human population was growing faster than food production could sustain. This would lead to many deaths due to starvation and how the population would eventually have to level out.

Darwin could apply these ideas to populations of all species and came up with the idea of "survival of the fittest". Malthus's ideas seemed to support all of the studying Darwin had done on the Galapagos Finches and their beak adaptations.

Only individuals of a species that had favorable adaptations would survive long enough to pass down those traits to their offspring. This is the cornerstone of natural selection.

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Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was first and foremost a mathematician who helped invent calculus. While most of his works focused on statistics and probability, he did influence Charles Darwin with his thoughts on how life on Earth originated and changed over time. He was also ther first to really assert that biogeography was a sort of evidence for evolution.

Throughout Comte de Buffon's travels, he noticed that even though geographic areas were nearly the same, each place had unique wildlife that was similar to wildlife in other areas. He hypothesized that they were all related in some way and that their environments were what made them change.

Once again, these ideas were used by Darwin to help come up with his idea of natural selection. It was very similar to the evidence he found when travelling on the HMS Beagle collecting his specimens and studying nature. The Comte de Buffon's writings were used as evidence for Darwin while he wrote about his findings and presented them to other scientists and the public.

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by Sir_Elton_Joe

I'd always thought marrying a blood relative as close as a cousin was immoral, and certainly risky if you plan to have kids. Conventional wisdom says only primitive people who live in isolated places marry cousins. It leads to stupid children. But that's a myth.
It's the sort of myth that leads to stupid laws. Half the states in America have banned cousin marriage, but there's no good reason for it. You can marry your cousin and have perfectly intelligent kids.
Take Albert Einstein — was he intelligent enough for you? His parents were cousins, and he married his cousin. So did Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria

Hotbed of biodiversity: Fascinating images of wildlife from the Galapagos Islands  — Mother Nature Network
Located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this remote volcanic archipelago is famous as the birthplace of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

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