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Galápagos Issues Highlighted at San Francisco Science Conference

A bronze sculpture of a Galápagos tortoise greets meeting participants at the California Academy of Sciences.

It’s been 180 years since Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galápagos Islands and to mark the occasion, the Pacific Division of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science has made Galápagos research a centerpiece of this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. Continue Reading →

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Half of Santa Cruz Highlands Covered by Invasive Plants

Almost half of the highlands  area of Santa Cruz Island is covered by invasive plants

They’re way too easy to find on the inhabited islands of the Galápagos. Raspberries, guavas, orange cestrum–introduced plants, crowding out native plant species with potentially disastrous effects to fragile island ecosystems.
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Scientists: climate change harms Galápagos wildlife

Juvenile Galápagos Penguin

Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation have been taking the census of penguins on Isabela Island and they’re concerned about the decline of the population to about 1,000 birds.

They blame global climate change for the problem–pumping up the weather pattern known as “El Niño” that warms Pacific Ocean waters and lessens the food supply for Galápagos wildlife. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE) Continue Reading →

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El Universo: Ancestor of Galápagos Tortoises in Amazon Basin

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The Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo reports that according to Brazilian scientists, ancestors of giant Galapagos tortoises may have lived in the Amazon Basin.

“A prehistoric tortoise several feet long found in the Brazilian Amazon region, is regarded by paleontologists as the most likely ancestor of the giant tortoises that live exclusively in the Galapagos archipelago, off the coast of Ecuador.” To read more, click the headline above. Continue Reading →

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