Charles Darwin

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  • Birth

    Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Darwin was the second youngest child in his family.
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    Early Education

    Charles Darwin attends Shrewsbury School as a boarder.
  • Darwin Begins University

    Darwin Begins University
    Charles Darwin begins studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Darwin was sickened by surgeries due to the sight of blood and realized that he did not want to obtain a degree in medicine.
  • University of Cambridge

    University of Cambridge
    With pressure from his father, Darwin joins Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he would obtain a bachelor's degree.
  • Voyage of the Beagle

    Voyage of the Beagle
    Darwin joined the crew of the HMS Beagle as the ship's naturalist. For the next five years, Darwin explored the continents of South America, Australia, and New Zealand. He documented observations on various animals and plants. He collected over 1500 specimens, which he sent home for further observation.
  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species
    Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life." This is where Darwin’s theory suggested that organisms evolve through “natural selection.” Natural selection suggests that organisms that are better suited for their environments can survive and reproduce offspring that carry on their traits that make them successful for that environment.
  • The Descent of Man

    The Descent of Man
    "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation" to Sex is published. This publication applies evolutionary theory to human evolution through sexual selection. Charles' work with evolutionary theory was important because it caused a paradigm shift within science. At the time of Darwin publishing his work, religious entities still had a stronghold on how humans and the planet came to be.
  • Death

    Charles Darwin died in Downe, Kent, England.
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  • References Editors. “Charles Darwin.” Biography, Dec. 2017, “Darwin Timeline.” Darwin Correspondence Project, 2012, Desmond, Adrian J. “Charles Darwin - the Beagle Voyage.”
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