The study of Darwin began while Darwin was still alive. Two biographies were published and the debate concerning man’s place in and subsequent relationship with nature raged, often with Darwin as the rhetorical centre. Over the last 150 years, there have been many suggestions as to what was important about Darwin and this theory. So many in fact, that it can be difficult to recognize the real Darwin.

Here you can read a chronological overview of how the study and understanding of Darwin has changed over the years.

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