The evolutionary theories of 19th Century English botanist Charles Darwin emerged in the mid nineteenth century at the same time as another phenomenon, one which had the ability to colour people’s attitudes to Darwinism. What was this?

Answer: Coincidentally, Darwin’s ideas of evolution emerged at the same time as the rise in popularity of Zoo’s across Europe. Millions now could see those creatures with which humanity was now perceived to be related.

Source: The Victorians by A.N. Wilson

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