Biology - the evolution theory - Charles Lyell

Biology
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 Describe how the work of Charles Lyell impacted the development of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Include the major work done by Lyell and what it led Darwin to consider.

 can you please give me 3 ways in which Charles Lyell had an impact on Darwin's evolution theory. 

Jul 31st, 2015

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through uniformitarianism that explains that what is now present is the key to the past

he argued that God created the universe but did not take part in the creation of features present hence they evolved from primitive ones

He believes that the earth can only be explained based on the forces that are present


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Jul 31st, 2015

Thanks for the answer, 

But my question is how this relates to Darwin, what did it make him consider?, and how did uniformitarianism help Darwin form the evolution theory, basically the impact Charles had on darwins thoughts at the time. 

here is my answer for the qts, can you just go over it to see if there is anything i am missing:

Charles Lyell’s famous ‘principles of geology’ prompted Darwin to consider evolution as a slow and gradual process in which small changes cause immense differences overtime. Charles Lyell emphasized the natural process of geology like rock sedimentation and volcanic eruptions. He explained that these forces acting in the past, were the same as they were in the present. This made Darwin come to terms with the evolutionary theory, and he later constructed an explanation of the origin of living things in terms of natural processes. Lyell also came to Darwin’s assistance, when Alfred Wallace caused Darwin to panic by sending him an account of his own evolution theory before Darwin was even able to publish his own. 


Jul 31st, 2015

add the first two points i gave you to support that God did not create creatures on earth but evolve from primitive to complex ones,

It is good thank you

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