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The mystery of evolution is all around us. If you know where to look for it, it makes nature all the more complex, interesting, and beautiful.  Without this natural process driving changes, none of the creatures on this planet would have gotten very far, including us humans.  The topic is vast, with a great deal of information and confusing lingo like “speciation” and “adaptive radiation.” In this post, I will explain (in a digestible manner) some of the various processes of evolution, especially examples of evolution in the Galapagos.
The Galapagos Islands are amazing on many levels. The climate is remarkably comfortable for being so close to the equator. The islands themselves were formed by presently-active volcanoes that command respect and truly impress. The ocean and beaches are beautiful. Really, though, it's animals that make the visit unforgettable. The Galapagos Islands are home to loads of endemic species. That means that they're not found anywhere else in the world. The animals here are actually extremely comfortable around humans; they haven't developed a fear of being hunted that animals in other areas have. Let's go over some of the highlights of what awesome animals you can expect to see in the Galapagos.