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Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by
Natural Selection
Galapagos Islands
Darwin arrived at the
Galapagos Islands in
 Collected birds and
other animals on the
4 islands. He noticed
that different islands
had their own slightly
different varieties of
Charles Darwin
Darwin was a naturalist
(collected biological and geological
specimens for study)
 Developed a widely accepted theory of evolution
through the process of natural selection.
 Other theories were in place
before Darwin developed his theory
What two ways did people think change
occurred? (think back to our Earth unit)
Years later, Darwin
determined that the
finches didn’t live
anywhere else. He
suspected that
populations of the birds
from the mainland
changed after reaching
the Galapagos.
Darwin thought that perhaps artificial selection
(process of breeding to produce desired traits
in offspring) could work in nature.
Natural Selection
Natural selection- The process whereby
organisms better adapted to their
environment tend to survive and produce
more offspring. If you don’t adapt, you’ll die.
Nature “selects” traits for organisms to aid in
What is natural selection
This explains Darwin’s observations of
different finch birds and their beaks.
Darwin thought the different species of
finches evolved from the same original
species in response to adaptation to their
The overall goal for natural selection and
evolution is so that animals will be more likely
to survive and reproduce in the future.
More about natural selection and
Variation is a difference in a physical trait.
Galápagos tortoises that live in areas with tall
plants have long necks and legs. Why would that
be an advantage?
Galápagos finches that live in areas with hardshelled seeds have strong beaks. Why would that
be an advantage?
Types of adaptations
Structural adaptation
Protective coloration (Camoflauge)
Behavior adaptations (Herds)
Structural adaptation
A structural adaptation involves some part
of an animal's body.
Body coverings
Protective Coloration
Also called camouflage
Their camouflage makes it hard for
enemies to single out individuals.
Mimicry allows one animal to look, sound,
or act like another animal to fool predators
into thinking it is poisonous or dangerous.
Behavior Adaptations
Behavior adaptations include activities that
help an animal survive.
Behaviour adaptations can be learned or
Social behaviour
Behavior for protection
This is deep sleep in which animal’s body
temp droops, body activities are slowed to
conserve energy.
E.g. Bats, woodchucks & bears.
Origin of Species
In 1859, Darwin published
On the Origin of Species
by Means of Natural
 Used the term evolution
only on the last page.
Evolution- Cumulative
changes in groups of
organisms through time.
 Natural Selection is the
mechanism evolution can