An appreciation of Alfred Russel Wallace


How lovely to read an appreciation of the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who contributed a huge part to the theory of evolution by natural selection, sometime credited solely to Charles Darwin. After visiting Amazonia where he lost his entire collection of specimens in a ship’s fire on the way home, he spent many years on the islands of the Malay Archipelago and it was there where he conjectured about evolution and the marked differences between the same species on different islands. He shared his ideas with Darwin and they published together. A central tenet of natural selection is that there is competition for survival and, like Darwin, Wallace posited the idea that evolution is dependent upon stress and competition between organisms.

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