Although the term biology was in existence before "Origin of Species" was drafted, Darwin provided an umbrella theory for the life sciences that was absolutely critical.
Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's "On the Origins of Species"
On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" intrigued scientists, appalled religionists and fascinated the public. Now, 150 years later, "Origin" still causes ripples. This report--updated on the original publication's anniversary--gives a surprising glimpse inside the science and society that fueled his rise to science stardom.
Science and cultural debates in Darwin's time
Darwin's theory of natural selection included that, as humans, we have overridden natural selection because we have culture.
The 1859 book "On the Origin of Species" is notorious for Darwin's evasion of the subject of human evolution.
Mainstream 19th and early 20th century astronomers were were a part of a larger movement to think in terms of evolutionary change or "universal evolution."
The history of evolution did not begin in 1859 with Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species."
Most of us think about evolution in the past tense. But evolution has not stopped; it is an on-going process.
Darwin would be both be bewildered and delighted at what biologists have discovered from the end of the 19th century to the dawn of the 21st.
Darwin's acceptance of the possibility of large changes in Earth's climate system was prescient.
Charles Lyell's picture of Earth history as a grand procession of change would greatly influence the thinking of one of the world's foremost naturalists, Charles Darwin.
Recent discoveries of cold-loving microbes, dubbed psychrophiles, living in solid ice have extended the known boundaries for life on Earth.
Some of the best evidence for the theory of biogeography comes from the polar regions of Antarctica.
When the "Origin of Species" was published in 1859, the ambitions and scopes of science were dramatically expanding. "Origin of Species" marked the transition of biology from a prescience to a science.