But does not Alfred Wallace relate in his famous book on the Malay Archipelago how, amongst the Aru Islanders, he discovered in an old and naked savage with a sooty skin a peculiar resemblance to a dear friend at home?
He notes that the originator of the theory was actually Alfred Wallace, a self-taught British naturalist who suffered an attack of malaria while studying the flora and fauna of a volcanic island off the Malay Archipelago.
John van Whye's chapter on Alfred Wallace's sojourn in Singapore reminds us of a neglected episode in Wallace's collecting adventures and the fact that, during his residence there, and though large areas of the island had already succumbed to exploitative commercial agriculture, he found much to collect at Bukit Timah and Pulau Ubin.
Young visitors to the National Museum in Cardiff can also join I Love Archaeology workshops from 11am to 4pm from February 22 to 28 or join Where's Wallace workshops to find our more about Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace. St Fagans is running family-friendly activities throughout the week.