The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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Penguin UK, Jul 29, 1982 - Science - 480 pages
With his revolutionary work The Origin of Species Charles Darwin overthrew contemporary beliefs about Divine Providence and the beginnings of life on earth. Written for the general public of the 1850s, it is a rigorously documented but highly readable account of the scientific theory that now lies at the root of our present attitude to the universe. Challenging notions such as the fixity of species with the idea of natural selection, and setting forth the results of pioneering work on the ecology of animals and plants, it made a lasting contribution to philosophical and scientific thought.
 

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EDITORS INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THIS EDITION
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER
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CHAPTER FOUR
DIFFICULTIES ON THEORY
INSTINCT
making instinct Difficulties on the theory of the Natural
appearance in the lowest known fossiliferous strata
CHAPTER ELEVEN
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Distribution of freshwater productions On the inhabitants
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Charles Darwin (1809-82) was an evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and ground-breaking On the Origin of Species (1856).

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