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Descriptionwas he a good scientist and why?
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.
He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.
Why was he a good scientist?
He collected evidence obsessively - as a youth he collected beetles, before publishing the Origin of the Species, he was well respected as a geologist and was considered a world authority on barnacles Part of the power of the Origin was that he presented such a wealth of supporting evidence. It's always tempting to jump to conclusions, Darwin very rarely did that.
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