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The Life-Long Struggle Of The Man Most Responsible For The Theory Of Evolution To Bring His Scientific Findings To Light For Fear Of Public Outrage And Religious Persecution (Color, 1991, 46 Minutes) PLUS BONUS TITLE: SMITHSONIAN WORLD: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, A History Of Darwin's Study Of The Galapagos Islands During The Second Voyage Of The HMS Beagle Which Led To His Originating The Theory Of Evolution By Natural Selection, Hosted And Narrated By The Great Voice-Over Artist Mason Adams (Color, 1985, 47 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!
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Charles Darwin, English naturalist, geologist, biologist and author (February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882) was born in Shrewsbury, England. Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s, the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life. Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge (Christ's College) encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author. Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin began detailed investigations, and in 1838 conceived his theory of natural selection. Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority. He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay that described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories. Darwin's work established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature. In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Actions of Worms (1881), he examined earthworms and their effect on soil. He died at the age of 73 in Down House, Downe, Kent, South East England of what was diagnosed at the time as "angina pectoris", which then meant coronary thrombosis and disease of the heart, with the immediate cause of death diagnosed as "anginal attacks", and "heart-failure"; it has since been speculated that Darwin most likely died of his having hallmark symptoms of chronic Chagas disease caused by a bite from a Kissing Bug in Mendoza, Argentina. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history, and he was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.