This study was led by Peter and Rosemary Grant in 1973 and had been in progress for almost two decades when the book was first published in 1994. Its central focus is a study of finches on Daphne Major, an island of the Galapagos archipelago. Ancestors of these finches were collected by Darwin on the Beagle's journey to the islands in 1835. Weiners engrossing account won the Pulitzer and shows just how profoundly Darwin underestimated the power of his own ideas.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould. With a new preface.