On this day in 1831 the HMS Beagle set out on her second voyage (1831 to 1836), carrying the then little known naturalist, Charles Darwin. It would turn out to be a ground-breaking journey that would eventually lead to the development of his revolutionary theory of evolution.
Through studying the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils on the islands and at other locations visited on the 5 year voyage, Darwin began to formulate his theory of natural selection. His book On the Origin of Species was published on 24th November 1859 and was revolutionary at the time. It established the evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation for the diversification of nature. The book contained evidence that he had gathered during the Beagle expedition and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence and experimentation.
Darwin is now regarded as one of the most influential figures in human history and is honoured with a burial at Westminster Abbey.
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