Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) most notable for his articulation of the theory of evolution by natural selection in "On the Origin of Species". Can also refer to any of the theories mentioned in his work or the controversy surrounding them.

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Did Patrick Matthew came up with the theory of natural selection before Charles Darwin?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Sutton thinks that story has it wrong, that natural selection wasn’t an idea in need of a “great man” to propagate it. After all his months ...
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Did Darwin self-identify as theist?

In a debate between Richard Dawkins and Cardinal Pell, the latter claimed that Darwin believed in God, saying rather smugly: ”It’s on page 92 of his autobiography. Go and have a look.”’ Here’s the ...
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Was Charles Darwin's family adversely affected by inbreeding?

I was reading the Wikipedia article on Inbreeding depression when I came across this: Charles Darwin, through numerous experiments, was one of the first scientists to demonstrate the effects of ...
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How could Darwin be sure all life has a common origin

I don't recall exactly the words he used, but to the best of my recollection Darwin was quite certain that all living things share a common ancestor. First of all, is this correct? Second, and more ...
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Does “The Fossil Record” evidence sufficiently support evolution?

According to Darwin, the absence of intermediate fossil forms “is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” What new fossil finds, if any, have occurred since ...