CHARLES DARWIN: INTRODUCTION© John H. Wahlert, 11 June 1998
Students know Darwin as an isolated name and associate him with the words evolution, natural selection, and survival of the fittest. They know nothing of his life, the development of the theory of evolution, or that the theory has gained support as our knowledge of the earth and life has grown. Most general biology textbooks abet the students' limited view. The texts treat Darwin separately from the chapters on evolution and ecology; no connection is made between the evidence that he saw firsthand and how it contributed to his revolutionary theory. Darwin is not quoted directly, and there is no discussion of why a theory, proposed in 1858, is still robust and valid today.
My purpose is thus twofold:
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