Happy Darwin Day! Today, we celebrate the godfather of evolution, who would have been turning 209 (or about two in Giant Tortoise years).
Last month, the AHA along with Representative Jim Himes and Senator Richard Blumenthal reintroduced House Resolution 699 and Senate Resolution 374 which, in addition to seeking the official recognition of Darwin Day, also calls for acknowledgment that teaching creationism — the very opposite of Darwin’s discoveries — “compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States’ education systems.”
While the official holiday has so far remained out of reach thanks to Republicans in the House, you can still celebrate Darwin Day by engaging in some “perpetual curiosity” of your own. We’ve collected 10 incredible creatures endemic to the Galapagos — the beautiful Pacific islands where Darwin made his most famous discovery.
While visiting the islands in 1835, Darwin had noted the subtle but important variations in finches found on each of the Galapagos’s separate islands, theorizing that they had adapted to survive in their natural surroundings. This eventually led him to his theory of natural selection and changed the course of scientific study forever. And finches are far from the only mind-blowing creatures dwelling on the Galapagos, as you’ll see below.