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The natural history of the Galapagos Islands is eminently curious, and well deserves attention. Most of the organic productions are aboriginal creations, found nowhere else; there is even a difference between the inhabitants of the different islands; yet all show a marked relationship with those of though separated from that continent by an open space of ocean, between 500 and 600 miles in width. The Archipelago is a little world within itself, or rather a satellite attached to America whence it has derived a few stray colonists, and has received the general character of its indigenous productions.

Among the animals found are the different species of giant Galapagos tortoises that gave the islands their name due to the similary of their carapaces to a Britsh riding saddle called "galapago" in Spanish. A variety of birds are found from blue footed, red footed and masked boobies, flamingo, frigate birds and albatrosses, to unique small penguins and non-flying cormorants. Also 14 species of finches which served Darwin as proof for this teory of evolution from natural selection; among others.

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