Retracing - and blogging - Darwin's route

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca.

A group of scientists, journalists and artists from the U.K. and the Netherlands are recreating the landmark voyage of HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin around the world and to the Galapagos Islands.

The Beagle Project is completing the ship's five-year voyage in just one year, and blogging, tweeting and Flickr-ing the whole thing. The project's web site says it will "make an attempt to assess where the world stands today in light of Darwin’s evolution theory."

You can follow the voyage on an blog is in Dutch, but English updates are posted on the project's Facebook page.

You can also watch the Flickr account for photos, YouTube for video, and the Twitter channel #vprobgl for the latest tweets. Most of those are in Dutch, too, but Twitter provides a handy little "Translate to English" function.

It was on the Galapagos Islands, off the west coast of South America, where Darwin, then a graduate student specializing in geology and natural history, observed that finches varied from island to island. His study of the natural variation in the beak shape of these finches would later play an important role in his founding work on evolution, On the Origin of Species.