Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Year of Darwin 12/7/2014: An exhilarating and humbling concept

 Charles Darwin

"By the theory of natural selection all living species have been connected with the parent-species of each genus, by differences not greater than we see between the varieties of the same species at the present day; and these parent-species, now generally extinct, have in their turn been similarly connected with more ancient species, and so on backwards, always converging to the common ancestor of each great class. So that the number of intermediate and transitional links, between all living and extinct species, must have been inconceivable great. But assuredly, if this theory be true, such have lived upon this earth"  Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

Darwin is essentially telling us that we are all descendants from a common originator. It's easy to hear this and shrug and go on. But if you think about it, really think about, maybe you still shrug and go on. But the concept floors me. We, all the organisms on Earth, are all children of the same parents. The vastness of time and the connections between organisms... it is...

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