Monday, May 4, 2009

Darwin's Famous Finches: Compared

Many of you have heard about the finches Darwin discovered during his brief jaunt on the Galapagos Islands back in September of 1835. The story behind their discovery and the ongoing controversy regarding the finches' supposed "evolutionary" significance is addressed in depth in my article, Darwin's Finches: Reexamining the Icons of Evolution.

You may be wondering, what do these birds look like? Why are they such a hot topic? Consider the following diagram. (you may need to zoom in for more detail)

Notice how diverse they are, and yet how similar. There almost seems to be a series of fine gradations from small beaks to big beaks...almost like evolution in action. At least, that's what Darwin and others speculate. But there's far more to it than that. Read my essay to discover the truth behind Darwin's finches, those important details which most scientists aren't telling us these days.

Here are some photographs of the finches.

1 comment:

  1. Benjamin, congratulations on writing a thoughtful and rational article. Both creationists and non-creationists (like me) who question evolutionary theories can enjoy your piece. You are absolutely right in pointing out that studies of so-called evolution in action have proved nothing except that animals adapt to their environments, not that one type of creature can evolve into something completely different.

    Of course, evolutionists can't even define the term species, which makes any claims of "observed speciation" suspect. I'll be having a multi-part series on my blog about that very topic. I hope you'll stop by check it out.

    Lisa A. Shiel
    author of The Evolution Conspiracy