Darwin: The Microscopist Who Didn't Discover Evolution. By Brian J. Ford. The Microscope. 59:3, 2011. pp 129-137. Click to read
Darwin neither discovered evolution as a general concept, nor did he discover evolution by natural selection. Others, whose work he knew, got there long before him.
"But why is he [Darwin] universally promoted as one of the world's greatest iconoclasts? Evolution was not his idea, yet 'Darwinian evolution' is a buzzword. Indeed the question, 'Are you, or are you not, a Darwinist?' seems to mark out the real biologists from those beyond the pale."
"If you don't espouse Darwinism, then the biological establishment won't want you."
"Darwin is set on a pedestal as though he were Einstein or Copernicus, and anyone doubting adherence to this conventional view risks ostracism. In science, as much as in religion, we can find extreme views that fly in the face of realities."