27 Sep '12, 11am

Nice to see Alfred Wallace getting some recognition. I didn't know he was a Durian eater.

Nice to see Alfred Wallace getting some recognition. I didn't know he was a Durian eater.

Alfred Russel Wallace arrived in Singapore in 1854 with a simple plan in mind. He would survey the region's wildlife and ship specimens back to London for sale to museums and wealthy collectors. His financial security rested on the foreign exotica for which Victorians had a seemingly insatiable appetite. The British naturalist amassed thousands of insects and birds during eight years in southeast Asia. And though Wallace's strange creatures sold for good money back home, the collection had a more profound value. Through studying the animals , Wallace hit on one of the world's greatest scientific discoveries: the theory of evolution through natural selection. Wallace's work on the theory, along with major insights into biodiversity , are described in thousands of pages of books, articles, drawings and paintings, which appear together for the first time today, in a web proje...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/27/recognition...

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