JAN 27, 2017 3:05 PM PST

Galápagos Mystique - The History and Evolution of the World's Most Famous Set of Islands

WRITTEN BY: Akshay Masand

From the blue-footed booby to the giant Galápagos tortoises or the one-of-a-kind marine iguana, Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands hold a certain mystique that have drawn inquisitive scientist for centuries. After all, these fascinating islands are the source of Darwin’s theories on natural selection and evolution.

These islands are home to some of the most unique animals in the world, to be found nowhere else. This is largely in part of its isolation. Scientists believe they were formed anywhere from 3 to 10 million years ago, and the animals there are thought to carry a piece of the early world’s history along with them. And while the evolution of the Galápagos offers a lush history, there is much to consider about the future of these islands. The attributes that made the Galápagos famous, are the same ones that put it in danger. Because the lag in evolution of these islands, they are having a hard time keeping up with the modern world, and many of the species won’t be around forever. 

 

 

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