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Evolution Darwin

Theory of Evolution and …. Earthworms?- The University of Iowa

Charles DarwinCharles Darwin is known for his work on the theory of evolution but did you also know he spent time researching earthworms? Each year on Feb 12th, we celebrate Darwin Day as a celebration on the anniversary of the birth of the historical scientist Charles Darwin, who was born on February 12, 1809. Darwin is most well-known for his publication On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859. This publication was the first to rigorously describe biological evolution through natural selection (1).

In addition to being the founder of the theory of evolution, Darwin also began and ended his career with publications on earthworms. His work with earthworms was also very controversial and was seen unfavorably in scientific circles. Darwin experimented to show the intelligence and value of earthworms for crop production in a time when they were seen as pests that were dumb, blind, unpleasant, and slimy creatures. (2)

Darwin’s work with evolution along with Gregor Mendel’s work with genetics laid the ground work for modern biotechnology, genes, and heredity. Bioengineers, today, hope to use the foundations of these works to cure certain hereditary diseases. (3)

Historic and current books on Darwin and the theory of evolution:

  • Darwin, Charles. 1860. On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or The preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. New York: D. Appleton and company. Main Library QH365 .O2 1860a. or NetLibrary
  • Seward, A.C. (Albert Charles). Darwin and Modern Science: Essays in Commemoration of the Centenary of the Birth of Charles Darwin and of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of the Origin of Species. Champaign, Ill.: Project Gutenberg, (n.d.). NetLibrary Electronic Book
  • Ruse, Michael. Charles Darwin. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.Man is But a Worm joke ry Electronic Book
  • Darwin, Charles. Charles Darwin’s notebooks from the voyage of the Beagle. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009. Main Library QH11 .D22 2009
  • “Charles Darwin (1809-1882).” BBC History.

It's sort of like Darwinian Evolution

by goldenhand

I know what it is and I have heard about creationism, too. As a scientist, I get all excited when they prove some part of Darwin's theory was a misrepresentation. I get excited because there is progress and learning happening. We supposedly absolutely, never, ever lived among dinosaurs, and now we did live among dinosaurs. I don't mind being open to the new ideas, but Evolutionists get just as cracked, unreasonable and zealous about their theory, insisting it is fact, as any creationists do. One promotes the other out of spite. Sort of like feminist lashback in the 90's. Sort of like Evolution and creationism in the schools

Darwins theory says that evolution

by -

Occurred over very long periods of time with minor incremental changes. The fossil record shows us long periods of stasis (where life doesn't change except in minor ways, a bit more hair when climates turn cold or changes in size. All which we can do with controlled breading they are not new species.)
Towards the end of these long periods of stasis there are mass extinctions. Followed by blooms of large numbers of new species. This is what the fossil record shows.
This is not what Darwin predicted. Hence Darwin is disproven. If you want to discuss newer evolutionary theory it will need to indicate the the motive force for increased complexity in life, since slow gradual change is disproven as a viable mechanism

Darwin didn't discuss how evolution began in the

by 14millionyearsold

The Origin of Species. He believed the problem was beyond the science of his day. He also did not rule out that one day it would be solved. "It will be some time before we see "slime, protoplasm, etc. generating a new animal" We know a great deal more about how evolution has worked ever since it got started, much more than Darwin knew. But we know little more than Darwin did about how it got started.
Darwin could not explain how species arose, lacking any knowledge of genetics he never really understood that explaining species means explaining barriers to gene exchange. our understanding of genes only began in the 1930's

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