[Excerpts from Adventure Guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, by Peter D. Krahenbuhl] One of the most amazing and interesting facts about the Galapagos Islands is their role in influencing ou...
The Galapagos Islands have attracted visitors for many reasons. But before they are captivated by the islands’ natural beauty, many are drawn here by Charles Darwin.
Darwin’s discoveries formed the basis for his revolutionary theory of natural selection and evolution, and his legacy continues. Of the many expeditions to Galapagos, his remains the most significant. Since Darwin’s journey, interest in the Galapagos Islands has grown substantially and scientific research has continued to address fundamental questions about our world.
Darwin first visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 during a five-year voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Until that time, it was thought that plants and animals were unchanging. After spending only five weeks studying the native iguanas, tortoises and finches, he soon discovered that different species adapted to their environment over time.
Darwin’s studies would have a profound impact on science, eventually leading to his theory of natural selection and evolution and changing the ways in which we think about the nature of species.