CHARLES DARWIN THE COMPLETE MAJOR WORKS (The Authoritative and Unabridged NOOK Edition) Every Major Work Written by CHARLES DARWIN including THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, THE DESCENT OF MAN, THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE and MORE (Over 10,000 Pages!) NOOK [NOOK Book]
THE COMPLETE MAJOR WORKS
(The Authoritative and Unabridged NOOK Edition)
Every Major Work Written by CHARLES DARWIN
Including THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, THE DESCENT OF MAN, THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE and MORE
(Over 10,000 Pages!)
"As all the species of the same genus are supposed, on my theory, to have descended from a common parent, it might be expected that they would occasionally vary in an analogous manner; so that a variety of one species would resemble in some of its characters another species; this other species being on my view only a well-marked and permanent variety.
But characters thus gained would probably be of an unimportant nature, for the presence of all important characters will be governed by natural selection, in accordance with the diverse habits of the species, and will not be left to the mutual action of the conditions of life and of a similar inherited constitution.
It might further be expected that the species of the same genus would occasionally exhibit reversions to lost ancestral characters. As, however, we never know the exact character of the common ancestor of a group, we could not distinguish these two cases: if, for instance, we did not know that the rock-pigeon was not feather-footed or turn-crowned, we could not have told, whether these characters in our domestic breeds were reversions or only analogous variations; but we might have inferred that the blueness was a case of reversion, from the number of the markings, which are correlated with the blue tint, and which it does not appear probable would all appear together from simple variation.
More especially we might have inferred this, from the blue colour and marks so often appearing when distinct breeds of diverse colours are crossed. Hence, though under nature it must generally be left doubtful, what cases are reversions to an anciently existing character, and what are new but analogous variations, yet we ought, on my theory, sometimes to find the varying offspring of a species assuming characters (either from reversion or from analogous variation) which already occur in some other members of the same group.
And this undoubtedly is the case in nature."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A NATURALIST'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
THE MOVEMENTS AND HABITS OF CLIMBING PLANTS
THE DESCENT OF MAN
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN
THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF FLOWERS ON PLANTS OF THE SAME SPECIES
THE EFFECTS OF CROSS & SELF-FERTILISATION IN THE VEGETABLE KINGDOM.
THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
GEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON SOUTH AMERICA
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN VOLUME I
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN VOLUME II
MORE LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN VOLUME I.
MORE LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN, VOLUME II
NOTE ON THE RESEMBLANCES AND DIFFERENCES IN THE STRUCTURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRAIN IN MAN AND APES
THE POWER OF MOVEMENT IN PLANTS.
THE FORMATION OF VEGETABLE MOULD THROUGH THE ACTION OF WORMS WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR HABITS.
THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS
THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION. VOL. II.
A NATURALIST'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES.
THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION (FINAL EDITION)
Charles Robert Darwin, FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.
Darwin 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 had 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 in which 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.
In recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence as a scientist, he was honoured by a major ceremonial funeral in Westminster Abbey, where he was buried close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history