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"Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved," wrote molecular biologist Francis Crick.So, in 2009 we celebrate a man whose ideas prompted many questions to be asked, but which have unfortunately resulted in many incorrect and even destructive answers.Darwin was one of only five non-royals to be given a state funeral during the 19th century. To commemorate this, Darwin exhibitions have opened in museums around the world, including one that will end April 19 at the Natural History Museum in London.
Church of England ordination required a bachelor's degree from an English university, so he entered Christ's College at Cambridge in 1828.
Darwin wasn't a wonderful student, but he was passionate about natural science.
Darwin toyed with the idea of the transmutation of species, or one species changing into another, and in July 1837 produced in his notebook his famed evolutionary tree, above which he scrawled, "I think." He edited the expert reports on his specimens and, with Henslow's help, produced the multi-volume Expanding on the idea of the transmutation of species, Darwin added the concept of nature selecting certain desirable traits and passing those on to future generations.
He theorized that if enough desirable traits accumulated, a new species could be formed altogether.
A special two-pound coin has been minted in Darwin's honor in the U. And in 2008, the Church of England issued a formal apology to Darwin "for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still."But today, Darwin's theory of descent with modification--which spurred many other detrimental ideas--remains riddled with holes large and plenty enough to foster major doubts in his claims.