Darwin 's Theory Of Descent

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Darwin’s theory of descent with modification brought about a new revolution in scientific thought. He developed this theory independently after his around the world voyage aboard the Beagle observing the flora and fauna of various parts of the world (Bowler, 2009, p.149). Darwin could not have developed his theory without working on novel concepts derived from his own observation or, equally so, from learning of the concepts of other prominent scientists of his time.
Before Darwin went on his voyage aboard the Beagle, he, like many others, was captivated by the accounts of Alexander Von Humboldt’s journey to South America. Humboldt was a natural romantic who was captivated by the beauty and complexity of nature and the stories of his fantastical journey instilled those same beliefs into a young Charles Darwin (Bowler, 2009, p.120). It was Humboldt’s tales that made Darwin want to go on his own journey to faraway lands and join Fitzroy on the Beagle (Bowler, 2009, p.149).
On Darwin’s exhibition, he brought with him Principles of Geography by Charles Lyell which discussed the idea of uniformitarianism (Bowler, 2009, p.150). This idea is in regards to how geography has been shaped relying on the concept of slow mechanisms of change. These mechanisms are the same mechanisms we see at work today and they have been working at a uniform rate throughout history. Darwin came to accept this theory after witnessing how an earthquake raised a coastline in Chile, coming to the…
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