Observations, Science.

Darwin’s endless forms most beautiful


Charles Darwin, 1881, by John Collier. PD-US.


The final paragraph of Charles Darwin’s epic Origin of Species is still a viable and beautiful summary of biological evolution.  The last phrase reveals both the scientist and the poet:

. . . from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Sitting on a river bank immersed in thought about the nature of living things, Darwin described the laws of life he had begun teasing out of his and other’s observations.  Here is the final paragraph in full:

The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin

(Browse The Origin of Species online at Google Books, one of several sites online where it is published in its entirety.)

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