“from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved”
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859
In October, 1831, the 90-foot vessel named the HMS Beagle set sail for a 5 year voyage around the world that would inspire a young Charles Darwin to transform his thinking into developing his ideas of evolution and biological change.
Darwin’s exposure to specimens all over the globe led him to believe that they all gradually evolved from a common ancestor giving us a true account of the origins of life.
Perhaps no one has influenced our knowledge of life on Earth as much as this English naturalist because his ideas about evolution, by natural selection, made us rethink our place in the world and united us with all life on our planet.