Today in World History: February 12th

Charles Darwin was the scientist who first proposed the theory of evolution. He was born on this day in 1809, in England. He traveled to the South American islands of Galapagos to research its diverse wildlife, and while on the islands, which you can now visit by travelling to Ecuador, he discovered a most peculiar coincidence. These animals, who had been left alone on the islands for thousands, many millions of years, had adapted to the island’s conditions and were distinctly different than other animals of the same type. Darwin therefore deduced that animals change over time, or evolved. He published this theory in 1859, and although he was met with skepticism at first, he quickly became recognized as the greatest scientist to study life sciences, and the father of its modern studies. He became a renowned scientist, and his theory has not yet been disproved, unlike other famous scientists whose theories have come under scrutiny, such as Albert Einstein. He died on the 19th of April, 1882, at the age of seventy-three. He died of coronary thrombosis, or a heart disease.

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

-Charles Darwin

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