Researchers found that the finches in the Galapagos were more likely to have originated from the Caribbean. Their finding also supported the theory of evolution by natural selection in which birds have evolved depending on the environmental conditions.
Animals May 10, 2018
The Big Birds became reproductively isolated from the native birds on Daphne Major, a tiny Galapagos island, in just two generations. Here are other species that are evolving fast.
Animals November 25, 2017
The "Big Bird” finch species came about after a cactus finch from Española Island flew over to Daphne Major and mated with a local species. There are now 30 members of this new species on the island.
Animals November 24, 2017
Ecuador has declared a new marine reserve in the Galapagos Islands, surrounding Darwin and Wolf. It was created to increase surveillance in protecting the ecosystem where marine scientists have found a heavy density of shark population.
Earth/Environment March 24, 2016
Galapagos' experimental bowel disease drug GLPG1205 failed to perform better than the placebo drug used in the medical trial. The Belgian pharmaceutical company is discontinuing the drug program for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Life January 26, 2016
Scientists have recently planned to breed tortoises from Chelonoidis donfaustoi to genetically match the DNA of the Pinta tortoises. These Galápagos tortoise species became extinct when Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta tortoises, died in 2012.
Earth/Environment December 17, 2015
Researchers hope to recreate the extinct Galapagos tortoise species, the last example of which died three years ago at age 100. Tortoises with similar genetics from other Galapagos Islands will be bred in an effort to resurrect the extinct species, researchers say.
December 16, 2015
Giant tortoises on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, long thought to all be the same species, are in fact two separate ones, researchers find. Although visually almost identical, genetic studies show one group is a new, previously-unidentified species.
October 22, 2015
Pink iguanas only live in one place in the world - near Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos islands. That volcano erupted in the early hours of May 25 possibly threatening the species with extinction.
Animals May 26, 2015
Darwin and Neville are a pair of dogs from Texas with new jobs - finding invasive snails. The pair may be at the forefront of a new environmental movement: This is the story why.
Earth/Environment April 24, 2015
Invasive plants in the Galapagos may be providing a nutritional boost for tortoises, a new study found. Why do they eat crops meant for humans?
April 7, 2015
Darwin's finches show a great diversity in the Galapagos Islands, and new research shows a single gene could control the shape of beaks. What could this mean for human beings?
February 11, 2015
The Galapaface 1, stranded in the Galapagos, may present environmental dangers, even after having its cargo removed.
Earth/Environment May 18, 2014
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