British naturalist Charles Darwin published his seminal science text, On the Origin of Species, November 24,1859. This text introduced evolution to the general public and became an instant best seller. Although he was not the first to propose the idea of evolution, Darwin's theory of natural selection offered an explanation that the scientific community—and society in general—could, at the very least, vigorously discuss.
Celebrate the anniversary of this important moment in science history and start a conversation in your class about Darwin, evolutionary theory, and natural selection with this collection of resources. Compare the theories of Jean Baptiste Lamarck and Charles Darwin, discover lookalike species, and study animal adaptations. Learn about the evolution of feathers and beaks or uncover clues left by fossils and dinosaur eggs.