On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin

Synopsis: On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In the 1872 sixth edition “On” was omitted, so the full title is The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. This edition is usually known as The Origin of Species. Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation. – Wikipedia

First Published: November 1859 | ISBN-13: 978-0451529060

Mini-bio: Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.

The Atlantic Book Review (1860)
Eli Bendersky’s Book Review
Bite Size Bio Book Review
The Guardian Article about the Book

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2 thoughts on “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

  1. I own the 1968 Penguin edition of this book, which republished the original 1859 text. This edition of 1250 copies sold out on the first day and Darwin made changes to the text for the reprint of early 1860.

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