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Charles Darwin was an English naturalist who determined that all species of life on Earth descended and evolved from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. He published his evidence for this theory in an 1859 book called On the Origin of Species.
In modified form, Darwin's discovery is today the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the biodiversity found on our planet.
Darwin is buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton, clearly exemplifying his status and importance as a scientist, and the esteem in which he was held in his own lifetime.
Last Updated: 14-April-2016