In November 1859, Charles Darwin published his seminal work, “On the Origin of Species,” and laid the foundation of the field of evolutionary biology. The book, which was recently voted the most influential academic book in history, is also an extraordinary contribution to literature. Watch Sir David Attenborough read the final paragraph of the book, which he describes as a great piece of prose; and we could not agree more!
Darwin’s work led to a greater understanding of diversity of life on earth with his revolutionary theory of evolution. That he is considered to be the greatest of all modern scientists is evident by the fact that over 250 species have been named after him. Check out some other insect species named after famous authors.
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