Did Charles Darwin say man evolved from a monkey?
When observing nature we see that we share the planet with millions of other organisms of every imaginable shape, size, and habitat. All of these different living things here on earth make up the diversity of life (biological diversity). Nature itself has presented us with a question. How did all of these different organisms come to be? How are they related? These questions hit at the heart of the puzzle of the biological diversity we see today on this planet.
The scientific explanation for this diversity of life is a collection of scientific facts, observations, and hypotheses called the evolution theory. Remember: a theory is a well-supported testable explanation of phenomena that have occurred in the natural world. Evolution, sometimes also called, change over time, is the process by which generations of organisms have descended from ancient organisms.
Who was Charles Darwin?
In what country did Charles Darwin live?
Darwin was born on 12 February, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. His father, Robert
Darwin, was a physician, the son of Erasmus Darwin, a poet, philosopher, and
naturalist. Charles's mother, Susannah Wedgwood Darwin, died when he was eight
years old. At age sixteen, Darwin left Shrewsbury to study medicine at
Edinburgh University. Repelled by the sight of surgery performed without
anesthesia, he eventually went to Cambridge University to prepare to become a
clergyman in the Church of England. After receiving his degree, Darwin accepted
an invitation to serve as an unpaid naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle, which
departed on a five-year scientific expedition
to the Pacific coast of South
America on 31 December, 1831. Darwin's research resulting from this voyage
formed the basis of his famous book, On the Origin of Species by Means of
Natural Selection. Published in 1859, the work aroused a storm of controversy.
Here Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, challenging the contemporary
beliefs about the creation of life on earth. Darwin continued to write and
publish his works on biology throughout his life. He lived with his wife and
children at their home in the village of Downe, fifteen miles from London.
Thought now to have suffered from panic disorder, as well as from Chagas'
disease contracted during his travels in
The Voyage: Excerpt from Charles Darwin's Autobiography
"During some part of the day I wrote my journal, and took much pains in describing carefully and vividly all that I had seen; and this was a good practice.... Everything about which I thought or read was made to bear directly on what I had seen and was likely to see; and this habit of mind was continued during the five years of the voyage. I feel sure that it was this training which has enabled me to do whatever I have done in science."
Today it is widely accepted that the Earth orbits the Sun and not the other
way around. But before Copernicus proposed this idea in 1543, people did not
understand the structure of the solar system. They assumed that Earth was at
the center of everything. Similarly, before
The turning point in
Working in pairs complete
Charles Darwin did not say
"man evolved from monkeys".
When asked if humans fit into his theory of natural selection,