Charles Darwin Bicentennial

Commemorating Charles Darwin Bicentennial birthday (February 2009) and the 150th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Species.

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It is also important to mention that it is also the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Galapagos National Park.

This month we offer a tribute to the man who broke the pragmatic barriers of the Victorian Era in the 1800s and, with his observations, ideas and conclusions took a huge step forward in science with his Theory of the Evolution of the Species.

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Although Charles Darwin had a background in Theology and Divine Sciences, he assured that species could change and adapt as a response to the pressure that nature would put in them, this is what is know asNatural Selection.

Creatures with the best characteristics to survive and find a mate to reproduce, had the most chances to survive in a certain environment.

While his ideas, his book and his theory were considered ticking bombs in Victorian times, today evolution is considered the basis for science and life. This is Charles Darwin's legacy for humankind.

Since childhood, Charles Darwin was adventurous and a born naturalist, so when at the young age of 22 he had the opportunity to take the famous voyage on board the HMS Beagle, he did not hesitate to embark on it.

It was a very intense, complex and long trip that lasted 5 years, and the conditions on board were not the best, but it provided the opportunity for him to take short expeditions while the vessel mapped the coasts of South America.

During his shore excursions, he explored parts of Brazil, Patagonia, the Andes Mountains, the coast of Chile and of course, the Galapagos Islands.

He collected a large quantity of specimens that later, back in England, would serve for the investigation and studies not only of Darwin, but of renown investigators and scientists of that time.

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He wrote a great number of books, manuscripts and articles, until finally, years later, he published his famous work The Origin of the Species.

Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands led him to consolidate one of the most influential scientific theories of all times.

Now you have the opportunity to follow this famous scientist footsteps in the Galapagos Islands right on the year of the Charles Darwin Bicentennial.

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