There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. -- Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (1859)


The Scientific and Cultural Contexts

Pre-Darwininan Views of Evolution and Anticipations of Darwin

Responses to Darwin's evolutionary theories

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