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Evolution proceeds due to natural selection causing speciation. Darwin did not have to mislead anyone because all he had to do was publish his findings and allow the evidence to speak for itself as any valid scientist would. You seem to equate the theory of evolution with the term abiogenesis, and the spontaneous generation of life rather than the change in life over time. For evolution as described by evolutionary theory to have occurred life had to exist prior. It seems that your real objection is to abiogenesis and spontaneous generation not evolutionary theory. Natural selection is a major process seen in evolution as is genetic drift. Darwin was indeed addressing life forms that were already present as well as past life forms in his theory. Edward Blyth only wrote papers regarding artificial selection and a possible route to restore domesticated species back to their wild ancestors. He focused on the elimination of traits rather than the selection. He never used the term "Natural selection" nor even spoke of new species. His work did however aid Darwin in the development of evolutionary theory.Blyth and Darwin were known to corresponded regarding speciation as described by Wallace (Darwin came up with the idea before Wallace yet had not published).
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