The Beak of the Finch - Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Jonathan Weiner
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary

There are thirteen Finch species alone on the Galapagos Islands. Each has its own quirks and physical characteristics that differentiates one from another. Darwin first visited the Island of Chatham, followed by four other of the Galapagos Islands. He was initially excited about the number of different plants he found on the islands. The naturalist in him decided to take home animal specimens as well. Several people on the boat took specimens, separating the specimens from each island and marking what was found and where it was found. However, Darwin did not initially separate his specimens by island. He believed that they were just variations, but not separate species. People of the islands told Darwin that each island had different types of the same species; however, Darwin ignored them. For Darwin, botany and naturalism were hobbies. He was educated as a parson and planned on...

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