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“I look at the natural geological record, as a history of the world imperfectly kept, and written in a changing dialect; of this history we possess the last volume above...  Of this volume, only here and there a short chapter has been preserved; and of each page, only here and there a few lines.”
— On the Origin of Species

In 1859, Charles Darwin hit on the idea of natural selection to explain how organisms change over time, but the idea was not confined to biology. It swayed modern thinking about science that deals with the Earth as well. This was a likely outcome. Darwin’s theory of evolution came from his work as a naturalist, one who advocates that the world—its mountains, oceans, rivers, plants and animals—can be understood in scientific terms. He wrote extensively about the Earth and its environments and theorized how they, coupled with the long expanse of time, contributed to change.

Essays
Darwin’s Missing Rock and the Increasing Precision of Earth Time — Kirk Johnson
Modern Paleobiology: Out of Darwin’s Shadow — Charles Marshall
Life, Climate and the Disguise of Change — Gerilyn Soreghan
Charles Darwin's Impact on Geology — Judith Totman Parrish

Audio Transcripts
Interview with Kirk Johnson
Interview with Charles Marshall & David Sepkoski

Video Transcripts
Interview with Gerilyn Soreghan
Interview with Judith Totman Parrish