Title page from The Origin of Species vol. 2

Part of: The Origin of Species 2 vols. The Origin of Species vol. 2

Vol. 2 of a two volume set. This is Darwin’s most famous book. Here he puts forward the idea that all species evolve over time from common ancestors by a process which he called “natural selection.” It was based upon the evidence he had accumulated when he traveled on the H.M.S. Beagle for its 2nd voyage to survey South America between 1831-36.

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It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and…