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Darwin, Charles

Darwin, Charles
(1809-82) a British scientist who developed the theory of evolution, which is the idea that plants and animals develop gradually from simpler to more complicated forms by natural selection. This is the process by which only plants and animals that are naturally suitable for life in their environment will continue to live, while all others will die. He wrote about his ideas in his book On the Origin of Species.
Darwinian adjective:
the Darwinian theory of evolution

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