Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin's shadow

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Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin's shadow

Post by SamCogar on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:19 am



SANTUBONG, Malaysia As he trudges past chest-high ferns and butterflies the size of saucers, George Beccaloni scours a jungle hilltop overlooking the South China Sea for signs of a long-forgotten Victorian-era scientist.

He finds what he's looking for: an abandoned, two-story guest house, its doors missing and ceiling caved in.

"Excellent. This is the actual spot," he yells.

It is on this site, in a long-gone thatched hut, that Alfred Russel Wallace is believed to have spent weeks in 1855 writing a seminal paper on the theory of evolution. Yet he is largely unknown outside scientific circles today, overshadowed by Charles Darwin, whom most people credit as the father of a theory that explains the origins of life through how plants and animals evolve.

Now, in the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, a growing number of academics and amateur historians are rediscovering Wallace. Their efforts are raising debate over


http://www.ajc.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/Science/AS_FEA_Malaysia_Forgotten_Evolutionist.html

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Re: Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin's shadow

Post by TerryRC on Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:01 am

Wallace is one of my heroes.

That is why I mock anyone using the word "Darwinist".

It shows their lack of knowledge on the subject.

Wallace and Darwin hit upon the idea of natural selection INDEPENDENTLY.

The Wallace line that separates distinct groups of animals in the Southwest Pacific is named after him.

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