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Google Street View Explores Galapagos Islands
2013-05-24 08:43:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Galapagos Islands played a pivotal role in the development of Charles Darwin´s theory of natural selection because they are some of the most biologically unique ecosystems in the world, drawing the attention of explorers and scientists alike. Local conservation groups, scientists and the Ecuadorean Government are working to protect the Galapagos from the threats posed by invasive species, climate change, and other human...

Falkland Islands Wolf Mystery Solved
2013-03-06 05:19:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research group from the University of Adelaide has found the answer to one of natural history's most intriguing puzzles — the origins of the now extinct Falkland Islands wolf. The new study also reveals how the wolf came to be the only land-based mammal on the islands, which are almost 300 miles from the Argentina mainland. According to prior theories, the wolf somehow rafted on ice or vegetation, crossed a now-submerged land...

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2009-11-19 06:10:00

Two birds collected by Charles Darwin back in 1835 could help bring back a rare mockingbird to the Galapagos Islands. The DNA was taken from the specimens by a team of geneticists and then compared to DNA from living sub-populations on two other islands. The researchers discovered genetic hints on the best way to conserve the birds. The study, appearing in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, was let by biologist Paquita Hoeck of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Darwin and...

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2009-10-02 07:20:00

The unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is being threatened by climate change, and scientists are seeking a way to protect its vulnerable species. The Galapagos wildlife was what helped Charles Darwin develop his thoughts on evolution about 175 years ago. Scientists are now trying to see how global warming is affecting the spectacular yet fragile biodiversity of the islands. About 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast sits the volcanic archipelago, which hosts a number of endemic...

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2009-08-12 11:00:00

Disease carrying mosquitoes that are being carried over with tourists are posing a great threat to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, researchers said on Wednesday. Experts have reason to fear that the spread of the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus) could have the same devastating impact on the ecology of the Galapagos as it did in Hawaii during the late 19th century, when disease killed off many indigenous birds. First noticed in the Galapagos in the mid-1980s, the...

2009-08-04 10:35:33

Some of the world's rarest and most fragile coral reefs and the economies that depend on them will be better protected thanks to a major international marine project led by the University of Southampton.The three-year, Government-funded, Darwin Initiative project Galapagos Coral Conservation: Impact Mitigation, Mapping and Monitoring was led by Professor Terry Dawson, from the University of Southampton's School of Geography. The research is published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed...

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2009-04-17 08:50:00

A volcanic eruption has compromised the wildlife of the ecologically-delicate Galapagos Islands, resulting in the deaths of fish and sea lions over the weekend, officials announced Thursday. Deceased wildlife floated in the Pacific Ocean waters surrounding the well-known island chain shortly after the Saturday explosion of the La Cumbre volcano, officials said. Officials said a 30 foot wide lava stream descended into the water after the eruption. The 4,500 ft tall volcano last erupted four...

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2009-04-12 07:37:09

Officials announced on Saturday that the La Cumbre volcano in the Galapagos Islands is erupting again and could threaten the Islands' unique wildlife. The volcano, which has been quiet for 4 years, began spewing lava, gas and smoke on the island of Fernandina, which is uninhabited by humans. Fernandina is considered to be the most active island in the archipelago in regards to volcanic events. The Galapagos National Park said in a statement that there is no threat to nearby Isabela Island....

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2009-02-12 13:05:00

Fans everywhere are celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the man whose controversial book "On The Origin of Species" captured the mind of some of the world's most important thinkers. David Attenborough, whose television programs on the natural world have been watched by millions, said Darwin turned natural history into a science. According to Reuters, Darwin's naturalist influence is being celebrated at his old university in Cambridge, at his home in Kent -- now preserved for the...

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2009-01-06 09:20:00

A rare kind of pink iguana, unidentified by Charles Darwin in his now historic trips to the Galapagos Islands, could give evidence of species deviation earlier than Darwin's well-known finches, researchers announced Monday. Rosada was failed to be spotted by Darwin in his 1835 investigations, but seems to have the earliest identified discrepancy in land animals in the archipelago. This discovery also for the first time identifies the reptiles as a new species, announced Gabriele Gentile of...


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