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The idea that Charles Darwin delayed publishing On the Origin of Species for 20 years for fear of ridicule is a myth, a new assessment claims.
A Cambridge historian with access to Darwin's papers says there is simply no evidence to show the naturalist held back his evolution theory.
Dr John van Wyhe says the scientist was just busy with other writings and also sporadically hindered by ill-health.
His analysis of events is published in a journal of the Royal Society.

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There is only one figure in On the Origin of Species, and that is a tree diagram. As Darwin’s model for the theory of evolution, he used the Tree of Life (TOL) to clearly and visually explain the interrelatedness of all living things, implying that from one common ancestor (the root) sprung branches, which produced smaller offshoots as genetic progeny, etc.
In this model, similarities between species reveal a common ancestor, and differences result from (and explain) Darwin’s main catalysts: competition and natural selection, which generate improvement in future generations. As a simile, the TOL served a vital purpose for introducing the theory of evolution to the community in an understandable way. Although there is no external evidence to support the idea that evolution is inclusively hierarchical, many evolutionists believe the TOL provides an accurate general representation of the history of life, which could potentially be completely reconstructed by knowing the relevant data.

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The diaries of the wife of naturalist Charles Darwin have been published online.
Emma Darwin's notebooks cover six decades of the couple's life together and provide an insight into the daily life of the Victorian scientist.
The 60 pocket books were previously known only to a handful of academics familiar with the Darwin archives at Cambridge University.

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Charles Darwin could have saved himself from some of his first critics if he had remembered to include his preface in the first edition of his influential book on evolution and natural selection, "The Origin of Species."
The original edition of the landmark book was published in 1859, without any introductory material. Still a public flash point today, "Origin" drew initial outcries, in part for the missing preface in which an author of the time typically would have credited and thanked his intellectual predecessors. One scientist accused Darwin of plagiarism for failing to acknowledge the giants whose work allowed him to see farther.

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The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online.

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The site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context.
Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files.

http://darwin-online.org.uk/

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