Friday, October 28, 2005

Darwin Almost Done In By His Own Theory?

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – While the debate over the theory of Evolution rages on in the U.S., few people know that Charles Darwin feared his descendants would be victims of his own theory.

That’s 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 needn’t have worried: Milner says today Darwin’s descendants number in the several hundreds.

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