Darwin and his finches: The evolution of a legend

@article{Sulloway1982DarwinAH,
  title={Darwin and his finches: The evolution of a legend},
  author={Frank J. Sulloway},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={1982},
  volume={15},
  pages={1-53}
}
  • F. J. Sulloway
  • Published 1 March 1982
  • Biology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
First collected by Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Archipelago, the Geospizinae, or "Darwin's finches," have rightly been celebrated as a classic instance of the workings of evolution through natural selection. Among birds, Darwin's finches are rivaled only by the Hawaiian honeycreepers (Drepanididae) as a microcosmic exemplification of the principle of adaptive evolutionary radiation. Although the Drepanididae have undergone more evolution and adaptive radiation than the Geospizinae, the… 

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