24 November is reserved to Charles Darwin
24 November 1859: Charles Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’
The publication of Darwin’s letters and reports from South America and the Galapagos islands established his reputation as a geologist of real standing. Among his most important findings was that the finches found on different islands were fundamentally similar in shape, but displayed variations in size and claws – the result, he theorized, of ‘natural selection’.
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