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On the Origin of Species Summary
Charles Darwin

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On the Origin of Species Summary

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The Origin of Species is an extended argument for the belief that species that are now living were not created independently by God, but evolved from other, past species through the process of natural selection. The text of the book is divided into two purposes: first, explaining what natural selection is and how it could produce species; second, responding to the objections of those who do not agree with it.

The book opens with an introduction that provides an outline of the book and its general purpose. The first chapter discusses how plants and animals exhibit variations in physical traits and behavior when kept domestically and how breeders use these variations to improve their stock. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an analogy to how nature gradually changes and improves forms of life living in the wild. For the analogy to work, however, variations must also...

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