16809 Galapagos

This minor planet is named after the Galápagos Islands. These islands are famed for having provided Charles Darwin with the living evidence that was helpful to him as he developed the theory of evolution by natural selection.

The symbol of this asteroid is the form of one of the distinctive species discovered here: the galapagos tortoise. The symbol is a large circle, four short limbs, and a small semicircle for a head.

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