Thats according to Richard Milner, anthropologist and guest editor of the upcoming issue of Natural History magazine.
Milner says Darwin, who popularized the concept survival of the fittest, worried his children would be unfit to reproduce because he married his first cousin.
Darwin wrote: My dread is hereditary ill-health. Even death is better for them.
For a while, it looked like Darwin was right. Three of his 10 children died young, and those that survived had few heirs.
He neednt have worried: Milner says today Darwins descendants number in the several hundreds.
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