by Alice Pattullo
Voyaging for five years aboard the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin arrived in the Galápagos in September 1835. He observed straightaway that the flora here appeared unique, and collected plants alongside fossil bones and bird skins.
Whilst preparing to write On the Origin of Species, botany became fundamental to his theory of evolution. In his theory, Darwin proposed that living beings were connected through a common ancestry. Yet one branch of the tree of life, the plant kingdom, was Darwin’s everlasting focus.
Darwin was an obsessive field collector, a passionate observer of plant life, and a thorough botanical experimentalist. He did not become an evolutionist on the Galápagos, but it did mark the basis for a shift in his understanding of animal species. Plants came before birds in the birth of Darwinian evolution.
Darwin’s Galápagos plant specimens – numbering over two hundred, mark the single most influential natural history collection of live organisms in the entire history of science. His botanical books would reshape large areas of plant science and through his work - Darwin laid the foundation for the study of modern botany.
Settled back in London in 1837, he sketched his first evolutionary tree and began to beautifully articulate examples that could solve the mysteries of natural history.
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