The Buzz: Myths About Darwin

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There are several misconceptions circulating about Charles Darwin and his revolutionary ideas and theories in the field of evolution. That's why, in honor of Darwin's birthday last month, ScienceBlogger John Wilkins from Evolving Thoughts took it upon himself to clear things up. In his eight-part series, "Myths about Darwin," Wilkins addresses and debunks claims such as those that paint Darwin as a social Darwinist or Lamarckian and sets the record straight.

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