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Yes, Patrick Matthew recognized and published the basics of evolution by natural selection prior to Darwin. It is also well-known that Alfred Russell Wallace independently developed the same theory apart from, but at the same time, as Darwin. Neither Matthew nor Wallace, however, devoted a lifetime to researching and publishing a ground-breaking, full ...


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Darwin does state in his autobiography, on pages 92-93 that he was a theist, but you really need to read it in context. (Granted I read only the pages just before and after the quote, not the whole book, and not even the footnotes on those pages.) Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, ...


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Related question with some general info about inbreeding: Does inbreeding cause severe birth defects? Inbreeding is dangerous because it increases the chances of homozygosity, which means that for a particular gene, identical alleles of the gene are present on both homologous chromosomes. Those individuals result of the inbreeding have more chances ...


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