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Two shafts of criticism struck Darwin more directly than the outside world was allowed to know. They touched his particular theory that evolution took place by natural selection, a process analogous to the artificial selection which plant and animal breeders were practicing with such great success at that time. The first criticism asserted that Darwin's thesis was not true; the second, that it was not new. Such criticisms are raised against all revolutionary hypotheses, but both of these were serious and well informed. (Darlington, Cyril D. [late Professor of Botany, Oxford University], The Origin of Darwinism, Scientific American, Vol. 201, May 1959, p.60)