Charles Darwin: The Descent of Man


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When Charles Darwin (1809–1882) published The Descent of Man in 1871, he was already a participant in the debate surrounding evolutionary theory as a result of his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. Throughout much of the early and mid-nineteenth century, debate raged over the issue, with theologians, social commentators, scientists, and even poets weighing in on the question of whether humans evolved from lower creatures—a view made explicit in The Descent of Man. Many people believed...