Charles Darwin's Trip Around the World

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  • Charles Darwin traveled to the Canary Islands, South America, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and the Southern Tip of America.
  • The trip was supposed to be a two-year long trip but turned into a five-year long trip.
  • He took home many species, dead and alive, mostly for study but also for friends.
  • He saw new and exciting plants, animals, and other organisms. The most “helpful” animal he saw was the thousands of different bird species which would later help him solve the mystery of natural selection.
  • Without the observation that two species could look the same and live in similar areas but still be completely different, his theory of natural selection would have absolutely no base and would not have affected science as much as it did.
  • Darwin did many things during his trip. He mostly studied and thought about each species he came across and there balance with nature. But he also hunted a lot of the animals he studied. He mostly did it so he could study them further.
  • His research and observations are what empowered theories. Without the observation that two species could look the same and live in similar areas but still be completely different, his theory of natural selection would have absolutely no base and would not have affected science as much as it did.
  • One example he had observed was the difference in the Rheas he came across. While in the desert with near Bahia Blanca on the coast of Patagonia, Charles Darwin met local cowboys who hunted Rheas. He hunted with them and they told him that they knew not only of this Rhea but another one that was smaller, had different coloring, more feathery legs, and blue tinted eggs. Because of this, it was not just smaller than the Rhea they had been hunting but a completely different species. This oddity was one example that helped Charles Darwin create his theory of Natural Selection.
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