Darwin’s “idiots” and other animals

Why was the so-called "idiot" population of Victorian Britain so important to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution? Simon Jarrett looks back at a little-known aspect of his work that aimed to show there were close links between humans and animals

 When Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859, it is no exaggeration to say that he changed how we view the world.

He . . .

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