Today is Darwin Day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bernjb56, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    Darwin was absolutely fundamental to the understanding of life and the species of the world as we know it today. Charles Robert Darwin was born in 1809, and grew to become a naturalist and geologist who would come to change the world. He was fascinated by the number and variety of fossils from around the world, and the species in their great diversity, and so set out on a five-year voyage on the Beagle to sail around the world to study life in all its forms.

    While his theories were originally rejected by the science of his day, it came to be seen as incontrovertible fact as more and more data was collected and more species were discovered. DNA research pushed it even further, as we started to see the connections between species in the very genes that composed them. It was impossible not to see that some species originated from other species, and that even man itself had a shared ancestor with the primates. Science would never be the same.

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  2. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

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  3. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    When I look at some people it is painfully obvious that the human race descended from the apes and cross bred with Neanderthals.
     
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  4. Sure, that's the Scots, but what about the rest of us....
     
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  5. Day

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    And haven't evolved much further.
     
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  6. Added a bit more info :thumbsup:
     
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  7. I used to enjoy the Darwin Awards, good for a laugh, but probably not PC anymore.
     
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  8. I can add that he lived and worked at Downe House in Kent for many years, right opposite to where, a number of years later, my grandfather lived.

    An apt quote for this forum. I was told that, as a keen coleopterist Darwin was asked on his death bed what his studies had taught him about the nature of God. He is said to have replied "God loves beetles". However, this is wrong. It is generally accepted that it was in fact J.B.S. Haldane, or possibly A. Pocryphal, who said that the Creator had “An inordinate fondness for beetles [but had a late bay he kept for the weekend].”

    Us Entomologists really should get out a bit more.
     
  9. Stay away from that mirror!
     
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  10. Got a point!!
     
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  11. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    OI !!

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  12. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    OI !!
     

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