Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History is proud to host the North American premiere of this engaging traveling exhibition.
The Galápagos archipelago has a natural environment that is unique on Earth and it is the “cradle of evolutionary biology”. Both of these facts led to the declaration of the archipelago as a national park of Ecuador and the first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
These plants’ and animals’ ancestors came over the ocean from the mainland. They arrived in an environment that was different from their land of origin, with different food, different enemies, and a different climate. In order to survive here, they had to adapt and change. This process of change is called evolution. The endemic species of the Galápagos Islands are testimony to evolution. Endemic species are like a history book that tells us about the course of evolution. If endemic species become extinct, we lose an important part of our Earth’s history.
EXHIBITION DATES: October 8, 2016 – February 21, 2017