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Darwin’s revolutionary evidence

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By Christina Bakerwriter and educational journalist

Teach children about the importance of collecting and analysing evidence in science by exploring the work of one of most influential scientists in history

Charles Darwin

Few scientists have had a greater (or more controversial) influence over our understanding of the natural world than Charles Darwin, and few have shown such patience! Darwin voyaged around the world and collected thousands of animal specimens from different continents – then he spent more than 20 years developing his theories and gathering evidence, before finally publishing The Origin of Species in 1859.

Teaching children about Darwin helps them to appreciate that all scientists need to work diligently to collect and analyse evidence for their ideas. Our knowledge of the world is based on this evidence and our understanding changes as new evidence comes to light.

In this article…

Darwin’s key ideas

  • There are not enough resources available for all organisms to survive, so organisms have to compete. That means that there is a ‘struggle’ between organisms to survive and reproduce.
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