Did you know that there is a group of islands, on which Darwin’s famous book “The origin of the Species” was based? He noticed that the animals were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their surroundings. His book in 1859 completely changed people’s views on the origins of life.
Amazing, right?
Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection.
A rather unmotivated and failing medical scholar, Charles Darwin accompanied Captain Robert Fitzroy as a travel companion and naturalist on the HMS Beagle.
His book the Voyage of the Beagle is an account of his worldwide journey.
When setting off from England in 1831 for a five-year voyage, Darwin had little ambitions for ground-breaking scientific research.
After surveying the coasts of South America, the ship stopped over in the Galapagos Islands.
During his visit to the islands, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands’ inhabitants.
Among those that struck Darwin so greatly were the finches that are now named in his honour. Darwin would later base some of his thought from the supposing that these finches were all descendants of the same lineage.
Years later in 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.


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