The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

Darwin, Wallace, and Natural Selection

Two very different men — Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin — share the credit for independently devising what’s been called the greatest idea ever to spring from the human mind: evolution by natural selection.

This film tells the story of their separate and dramatic voyages of discovery in the nineteenth century and their observations of the distribution of species that fueled their radical new idea about the origin of species.

In the early 1800s, most people, scientists included, accepted as fact that every species was specially created by God in a form that never changed. The epic voyages and revolutionary insights of two brave young British naturalists, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, overturned this long-held idea.

Prodigious collectors of animals and plants, each man developed a keen appreciation for the variation within species, the relatedness of species, and the patterns of geographic distribution—evidence that was hard to reconcile with special creation. This hard-earned knowledge led each to ask why and how creatures came to live in a given place.

The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory
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  • Release date2013
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  • Director(s)John Rubin
  • Production companyRubin Tarrant Productions