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Darwin rushed to London to meet FitzRoy. A few days later FitzRoy showed Darwin around the ship that would be his home for the next few years. Darwin was rather taken aback to discover that the Beagle, which would carry 74 men, was only 90 feet long; his quarters would consist of one corner of a small cabin, and he would have to sleep in a hammock. Still, the Beagle was clean and well A sketch of the Beagle, showing FitzRoy and Darwin at the table in the captain’s cabin. Image Not Available 43 Charles Darwin equipped.
At a place called Punta Alta, he saw some old bones embedded in a mound of gravel and clay and started digging with a pickax. He unearthed remarkable fossils of creatures long extinct and unknown to science: giant sloths and armadillos, a hippopotamus-like creature called Toxodon, an extinct South American elephant, and more. ” Believing that the tapirs, sloths, guanacos, and armadillos of modern South 52 The Voyage of the Beagle Image Not Available America were descended from the giant creatures of the past, Darwin began to speculate about the relationships among species.
Darwin visited many places—including the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego—more than once. Because the Beagle made multiple visits to many ports, Darwin was often able to spend several weeks or months ashore while the ship worked its way back and forth along the coast. During some of these shore visits, Darwin made ambitious overland journeys. While the Beagle was on the east coast of South America, he rode on horseback for 600 miles (960 kilometers) across the pampas, the vast grassy plains of Argentina.