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This diragram shows Charles Darwin's theory of evolution of animals over time
He was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809
During his childhood he was always outside collecting objects and catching small animals
He was very interested in nature
His father was a doctor of medicine and wanted him to study the same thing
Charles was sent to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland then to Cambridge to study to be a clergy man someone who does religious work
When Charles was a teenager he loved to go hunting
His father thought that he spent too much time on his hobbies and not enough time studying
Charles most common memories of his childhood was trying to break a window to get out of the room he was locked in for a punishment
He had an illness that made it hard for him to walk when he was in his forties
He died on April 1882
What is a Naturalist?
A naturalist studies the science of living things on the earth, and how they interact each other
They collect specimens of animals and plants
Adventures on the Beagle
In August 1831 Charles was offered a position as the naturalist and the captain’s companion on the H.M.S Beagle
The ship was going on a 2 year journey to make maps for the Royal Navy
Darwin collected many specimens and sent them back to Britain
During his voyage Darwin started to wonder about the many different species of plants and animals he discovered
He also wonder why and how changes in nature happened
Darwin theory of evolution was that animals and plants like this:
- Parents have young that are just slightly different than themselves
- More young are born than can thrive, the ones that features are better suited to their environment live and breed
- They breed and pass on their own helpful features to their young
- These tiny differences in features cause change over long periods of time
This is a map of Sherwsbury, England where Charles Darwin was born
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Milner,Richard. Charles Darwin, Evolution of a Naturalist, Facts on File, 1994. Print.
Senker, Cath. Charles Darwin, Raintree steck-Vaughn, 2002.Print.
Stefoff, Rebecca. Charles Darwin and the Evolution Revolution, Oxford University Press, Inc, 1996. Print.
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