He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin and Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood).
He was the grandson of two prominent abolitionists: Erasmus Darwin on his father's side, and Josiah Wedgwood on his mother's side.
Both families were largely Unitarian, though the Wedgwoods were adopting Anglicanism.
Touted as an elite alternative to dating sites filled with "ugly, unattractive, desperate fatsos" (as they so charmingly refer to the masses on Match, Yahoo, Nerve, e Harmony and the rest of the "riffraff" sites), Darwin Dating promises "online dating minus the ugly people." Who, exactly, are these ugly people?Darwin found lectures dull and surgery distressing, so he neglected his studies.He learned taxidermy in around 40 daily hour-long sessions from John Edmonstone, a freed black slave who had accompanied Charles Waterton in the South American rainforest.Also people with cackly laughs or webbed toes or anybody with teeth that aren't perfectly straight and gleaming white or clothes that might be a teensy bit out of fashion. In the name of research, I clicked to the "Join for free! And that's when I discovered you can't join the club if you're over 35 because, as the FAQ page so diplomatically put it, "after 35, your looks tend to start fading and we don't want that on our site." Great.Other traits found on the Web site's "loser" list: non-symmetrical faces or bodies, bald spots, middle parts (i.e., with regard to your hair; they do want people with stomachs -- preferably taut, tan, flat ones), ski-jump noses, saggy boobs, large gaps between teeth (sorry, Letterman! I hadn't even shown these people my photo and I'd already been voted off the island. So I did what any normal red-blooded single would do: I lied. If you're ugly, we're a little pissed off that you're clogging up our servers, but you'll be voted out soon enough." Now that I'd been allowed into the inner sanctum (at least for the time being), I found their clever little barbs much more enjoyable.In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872).His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Actions of Worms (1881), he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.One day, Grant praised Lamarck's evolutionary ideas.Darwin was astonished by Grant's audacity, but had recently read similar ideas in his grandfather Erasmus' journals.Yes, they were pretty, but as my mother used to say, they were also pretty full of themselves. But it probably was a good thing that sites like Darwin Dating were cropping up all over the place. Now, the so-called beautiful people could self-select until the end of time, while the rest of us chimps could slowly (some might even say thoughtfully) sift through the other sites looking for someone who was a bit more ...