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PHOTO GALLERY: Darwin Day marks the Downe naturalist's 203rd birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:33 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:35 13 February 2013

Yesterday we celebrated Charles Darwin Day, or the great naturalist's 203rd birthday.

Across the globe people take time on this day every year to mark the huge contributions to science and nature the Downe resident made.

His former home, Down House, in Luxted Road, today maintains the study where he penned On the Origin of Species - considered by many to be the foundation of evolutionary theory.

The book introduced the notion that people evolve through natural selection and presented evidence Darwin acquired on his expedition on board HMS Beagle in 1830s.

Travelling around South America, Africa and Australia - he found animals such as finches had adapted to different food sources, evident in the shape of their beaks.

Darwinday.org is a website dedicated to celebrating February 12, which they say is a chance to mark “our common humanity”.

They add: “Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.”

Celebrated all over the world, Darwin Day is marked in various ways ranging from art competitions, novelty cards and informative talks.

His great-great-grandson Randal Kaynes can often be found giving talks on the work of Darwin.

Did you celebrate Darwin Day? Let us know in the comments section below, or email any pictures to joshua.fowler@archant.co.uk.

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