Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Year of Darwin 5/29/2014: Darwin summarizes the situation in the Galapagos

  Charles Darwin

"But it is the circumstance that several of the islands possess their own species of the tortoise, mocking-thrush, finches, and numerous plants, these species having the same general general habits, occupying analogous situations, and obviously filling the same place in the natural economy of this archipelago, that strikes me with wonder" Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

Yes, why would be their separate, but related species, living on islands so close together? If you were a creationist (and that species were created) that would mean each island required a series of creations (no wonder He needed a break). I doubt very much, even so early in Darwin's career, that we was of such a mind set. More likely, he was already thinking they evolved. But how? 

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