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Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution owes more to his garden than the Galápagos

On the Origin of Pigeons, Worms, and Barnacles.
Charles Darwins House

Down House: the home (and garden) of Charles Darwin.

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It’s one of the greatest stories in science, right up there with Neil Armstrong’s small step on the moon and Jane Goodall’s overhaul of ideas on non-human relationships. When naturalist Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galápagos, an archipelago of volcanic islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, he was just moments away from a revelation so significant it would change the way we look at life on Earth forever.

His arrival in the Galápagos was a seminal point in a five-year voyage. Once there, finches and giant tortoises were believed to through natural selection would emerge, evolve, and flourish.

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