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2012 «Galápagos»

11th December 2012 to 8th September 2013

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No scientific revolution is associated so strongly with a place as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Darwin’s insights, which fundamentally changed how we view the world and the position of humans in the natural world, are to this day associated with a small group of islands in the Pacific Ocean: The Galápagos.

These scraggy islands with their fascinating and sometime bizarre biodiversity were an important fountain of support for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Since then, important other discoveries in evolutionary biology took place in Galápagos. To this day the islands continue to be a paradise for biologists and nature enthusiasts and they are protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Galápagos badly need this protection: invasive plants and animals threaten the unique biodiversity of these islands.

Research and conservation programmes but also widespread public interest in these islands is crucial to the successful protection of Galápagos. To this end, the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich dedicated an exhibition to these islands which were so important in the history of biology. The traveling exhibition, which will be shown in other museums in Europe in the years to come, aims to raise awareness for the unique biodiversity of Galápagos. Only a widespread appreciation of the value and the uniqueness of the Galápagos will ensure that these islands will survive unscathed for generations to come.
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Volcanic Islands
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Marine Iguana Cliff
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Ship Resarch Camp  
Prickly Pear Forest Goat Island
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News release, December 10, 2012 Tour the Galapagos Islands in Zurich
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