In Darwin's Shadow' by Michael Shermer is a biography of Alfred Russel Wallace
, a man thought of by many as the co-discoverer of evolution and the process of natural selection.
Alfred Russel Wallace
is remembered as the man who almost got credit for the theory of evolution, but he was also a prolific field naturalist, geographer, biogeographer, anthropologist and philosopher with accomplishments substantial in their own right.
Alfred Russel Wallace
, heroic naturalist, anthropologist, and evolutionary theorist, began his ninety years in a Welsh cottage as so unpromising a new-born that the family performed a make-do "half-baptism" until the vicar could do a proper one at Llanbadoc five weeks later, on 16 February 1823.
James Cook and botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who hired artist Sydney Parkinson to draw their discoveries, including the first sighting of a kangaroo; Matthew Flinders, who charted the coastline of Australia along with botanist Robert Brown and artist Ferdinand Bauer, who used a paint-by-numbers technique to draw his exquisite sketches and color them in later; Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace
, who independently came up with proof for the theory of natural selection; and the Challenger expedition, which was the first government-funded study of oceanography.
The theory of evolution by natural selection, jointly formulated by Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace
, the poor and eccentric naturalist, proved to be a lightning rod for the conflicting intellectual, political, and class conflicts in mid-Victorian England.
Doeddwn i ddim yn meddwl y byddwn a diddordeb yn hyn, ond dwi'n falch o ddweud rwan fod cyfrolau difyr o Wasg y Brifysgol am Robert Recorde, Edward Lhuyd ac Alfred Russel Wallace
ar fin eu cyhoeddi.
This resemblance led Alfred Russel Wallace
, the largely forgotten also-ran of evolutionary theory, to propose that the phony flowers lure a pollinator close enough to grab in an eye-blink strike.
SIR - Your correspondent Professor Denis Murphy of the University of South Wales ("A Great Thinker", Western Mail, November 8) dismisses as "outlandish" claims in my book - The Darwin Conspiracy: Origins of a scientific crime (Golden Square Books, 2008) - that Charles Darwin stole ideas from Alfred Russel Wallace
and offered them as his own.
CARDIFF: Join Theatr Na Nog for performances at the National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, based on the life of the Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
The famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace
took a young Englishman named Charles Martin Allen with him to the Malay Archipelago in 1854.
He names Carl Linnaeus, Charles Darwin, and Alfred Russel Wallace
, along with two present-day biologists, Edward O.
Slotten, The Heretic in Darwin's Court: The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace
(Columbia University Press, 2004);