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1. What role did Darwin's voyage on the Beagle play in the development of his theory of evolution?
2. Explain influence of Malthus' theory on Darwin's thinking.
3. Why do the sizes of populations tend to remain fairly stable despite the large numbers of offspring which can be produced?

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1. What role did Darwin's voyage on the Beagle play in the development of his theory of evolution?

On the Beagle, Darwin noticed the geographic distribution of various living and fossil organisms. He saw that species were different than closely related species in ways that were dependent on the environment. Eventually he hypothesized that populations evolved in response to environmental influences, ultimately resulting in ...

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