Evolution's Evolution

Darwin’s dangerous idea has adapted to modern biology

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 17:10 PM January 16, 2009

 

 

Just a decade after he published On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin was already worrying about the evolution of his idea. In an 1869 letter to botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker, Darwin lamented:

“If I lived twenty more years and was able to work, how I should have to modify the Origin, and how much the views on all points will have to be modified! Well, it is a beginning, and that is something.”

Calling the Origin a mere “beginning” is like saying the Beatles were just a rock band or that S...

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