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This Day in History - 11.24.2011

Adapting to Darwin: A Book That Changed the World


By Gordon B. Hamby

On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin’s book "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" was published. 

Darwin wrote the work after his return in 1837 from a five-year global research expedition via steamship. Following his journey, he conducted extensive research in his own lab that included examining plant and animal species, and studying previous theory. 

This groundbreaking piece on transmutation and human evolution shook the scientific world and society at large then, and to this day remains central to the scientific and social realms of research and knowledge concerning human development.