Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

2009 is both the 200th Anniversary or bicentenary of the birth of the greatest naturalist in history, Charles Robert Darwin, and the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his most famous work “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”. Born in Shrewsbury, Darwin studied at Edinburgh University and Charles Darwin stampsChrist’s College, Cambridge, before embarking at the age of 22 on a five-year journey to South America, the Galapagos Islands and beyond, aboard the HMS Beagle.

At this time, most Europeans believed that the world was created by God in seven days as described in the Bible. On the voyage Darwin read Lyell’s “Principles of Geology” which suggested that the fossils found in rocks were actually evidence of animals that had lived thousands or even millions of years ago. The animal life and geological features that he saw on the voyage reinforced Lyell’s argument and Darwin linked the fossils to modern species.

Upon his return to England, Darwin conducted thorough research of his notes and specimens and out of this long study grew several related theories:

    Darwin’s theory of evolutionary selection holds that variation within species occurs randomly and that the survival or extinction of each organism is determined by that organism’s ability to adapt to its environment. This theory of evolution by natural selection underlies all modern biology.

At times controversial, the theory remains unchallenged as the central concept of biology and it profoundly altered our view of the natural world and our place in it.
Charles Darwin FDC

Charles Darwin
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Single set$7.50
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Technical Details

Designer:
Jennifer Toombs, Suffolk, United Kingdom Pitcairn Stamps
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Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size:36.9mm x 37.5mm vertical
Sheet Format: 2 panes of 15 stamps with a central gutter
Perforation Gauge: 14.40 x 14.60
Denominations: 50c; $1.50; $2.00 and $3.50 
Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell non phosphor gummed paper
Period of Sale:
24 June 2009 for a period of 2 years