“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin, English Geologist and Biologist
English geologist and biologist Charles Darwin’s book “On The Origin of Species” was published 160 years ago today — one of the foundational texts of genetics and evolutionary theory. A revolutionary piece of scientific literature, Darwin’s work outlined the processes of natural selection and evolution, proposing that all forms of life on Earth evolved from common ancestors. Darwin presented his theories with evidence gathered during his experiments and studies on the Galápagos Islands, a lush archipelago of volcanic lands located in the Pacific Ocean near Ecuador. Though the findings outlined in “On The Origin of Species” initially faced great skepticism, most of the scientific community had accepted the concepts of evolution and natural selection as observable and verifiable facts within a decade of the book’s release. Now considered the father of evolutionary theory, Darwin’s radical concepts were a massive leap forward for humanity’s understanding of Mother Nature, providing a unifying concept for all of the life sciences.