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Scientists clash at Oxford University in the first debates on Charles Darwin's theories of evolution

Charles Darwin, photograph
06/30/1860
In Oxford University Museum, during the week-long meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the first since the publication of Darwin's Origin of the Species, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, Thomas Henry Huxley and others met in a famous debate on the theory of evolution.  The debate established Huxley as the leading defender of Darwinian theory and launched his own career as a writer on evolution.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles Darwin, Frederick Burkhardt, Janet Browne, Duncan M. Porter, The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Vol. 8: 1860 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 590. 

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