Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Explora series evolves to naturalist.(Venue)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

Charles Darwin latest subject

Charles Darwin first keyed on finches. He noticed that the finches of the Galapagos Islands resembled the finches of South America. On closer observation, he saw that the beaks of finches on Pacific islands were different in size and shape.

"The finches gave him the idea of evolution. From that he also noticed that on islands with many insects, the dominant birds had long and thin beaks. On islands that had mostly nuts and seeds, the birds had shorter, thicker beaks," said Eric Meyer, who portrays the 19th-century naturalist in two half-hour presentations Saturday.

The presentations are part of the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum's Great Explorer Series. …

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