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Wallace was amazed by "their many strange forms and often beautiful markings or colouring" and the fact that about a thousand different species could be found within 10 miles of the town. The Collegiate School in Leicester. In Wallace moved back to Neath and it was there that he first read Robert Chambers' anonymously published controversial book Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation , which convinced him of the reality of evolution then known as transmutation. Edward's book A Voyage Up the River Amazon , suggested to Bates that they travel to Brazil to collect specimens of insects, birds and other animals, both for their private collections and to sell to collectors and museums in Europe.

One of the aims of the expedition, at least as far as Wallace was concerned, was to seek evidence for evolution and attempt to discover its mechanism. In this letter to Bates, Wallace mentions his interest in evolution:- "I begin to feel rather dissatisfied with a mere local collection [of insects] - little is to be learnt by it. I sh[oul] d. At first they worked as a team, but after a few months they had a disagreement, and split up to collect in different areas.

Wallace centered his activities in the middle Amazon and Rio Negro, drafting a map of this mighty river using the skills he had learnt as a land surveyor. Some years later this was published by the Royal Geographical Society, London and it proved accurate enough to become the standard map of the region for many years. Wallace's map of the Rio Negro river in Brazil published in Copyright George Beccaloni. In Wallace was in poor health and decided to return to Britain.

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However, twenty-six days into the voyage disaster struck: the ship he was on caught fire and sank, taking with it his irreplaceable notes and all the specimens he had collected during the previous two and most interesting years. Illustration from an book showing Wallace's ship, the Helen, burning. Wallace and the crew struggled to survive in a pair of badly leaking lifeboats, and fortunately after 10 days drifting in the open sea they were picked up by a passing cargo ship making its way back to England.

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Luckily, Wallace's agent in London had had the good sense to insure his collections, but unfortunately for less than they were worth. Wallace was not put off by this unpleasant experience for long, and in he left Britain again on a collecting expedition to the Malay Archipelago now Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and East Timor.


Biography of Wallace

He arrived in Singapore on the 19th April together with a young assistant, Charles Allen. Wallace would spend nearly eight years in the region, undertaking sixty or seventy separate journeys resulting in a combined total of around 14, miles of travel. The book he later wrote describing his work and experiences there, The Malay Archipelago , is the most celebrated of all travel writings on this region, and ranks with a few other works as one of the best scientific travel books of the nineteenth century.

Wallace's Golden Birdwing Butterfly Ornithoptera croesus. Copyright Natural History Museum, London. In February whilst staying in a small house in Sarawak, Borneo, Wallace wrote what was probably the most important paper on evolution prior to the discovery of natural selection. Wallace's " Sarawak Law " paper made such an impression on the famous geologist Charles Lyell that in November , soon after reading it, he started a "species notebook" in which he began to seriously contemplate the implications of evolutionary change.

In April Lyell paid a visit to Charles Darwin at Down House, and Darwin explained his theory of natural selection to Lyell for the first time: a theory which Darwin had been working on, more or less in secret, for about 20 years. This "sketch" was abandoned in about October and Darwin instead began to write an extensive book about evolution. Charles Darwin in , from a Woodburytype carte de visite published by John G. Copyright G. In February Wallace was suffering from an attack of fever probably malaria in the village of Dodinga on the remote Indonesian island of Halmahera when suddenly the idea of natural selection as the mechanism of evolutionary change occurred to him.

As soon as he had sufficient strength he wrote an detailed essay explaining his theory and sent it together with a covering letter to Charles Darwin, who he knew from correspondence was interested in the subject of evolution. He asked Darwin to pass the essay on to Charles Lyell if Darwin thought it was sufficiently interesting. Another reason why Wallace wanted Lyell to read his essay was because it was written as an argument against the anti-evolutionary views in Lyell's book, Principles of Geology.

Wallace's essay on natural selection was posted from Ternate. Copyright of scan: A.

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Wallace Memorial Fund. Unbeknownst to Wallace, Darwin had of course discovered natural selection many years earlier. Lyell and Hooker decided to present Wallace's essay without first asking his permission! Darwin's contributions were placed before Wallace's essay, thus emphasising Darwin's priority to the idea. Wallace later remarked that the paper " was printed without my knowledge, and of course without any correction of proofs ", contradicting Lyell and Hooker's statement in their introduction to the joint papers that "both authors Copyright Natural history Museum, London.

Wallace's discovery of natural selection occurred almost at the midpoint of his stay in the Malay Archipelago. He was to remain there four more years, and by the end of his trip and for the rest of his life he was known as the greatest living authority on the region. He was especially known for his studies of its zoogeography, including his discovery and description of the faunal discontinuity that now bears his name.