Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory Of Natural Selection

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Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace is known for developing a theory of evolution using natural selection aside from the greater known, Charles Darwin. Wallace lived to be 90 years old, which is surprising for a man in that time period. He was born on January 8th, 1823 and lived till November 7th, 1913. His childhood was taken place in Kensington Cottage, southeastern Wales. His middle name was spelled weirdly due to a mistake at the time of registering his birth, which was never corrected (Alfred Russel Wallace Biography). Wallace may have never finished a full education but he definitely gave himself one on his own. At the age of 14, he had to drop out of school due to his father making some poor choices in investments. He may not
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Charles Darwin, more known for his theories over Wallace. Wallace created a theory based off of Darwin’s “own principle of utility” (Intelligent Design). Wallace did not only converse with one great mind but two. The other scientist went by the name of Henry Bates, an entomologist. Before talking to Darwin he met Bates and gained an interest in insect collecting, particularly beetles (Wallace Online). Wallace then, after experiencing a painful death in the family, his brother, traveled South America with Bates for four years. Those four years were spent collecting insects and practically, starting his research on natural selection. Alfred Wallace spent twelve years all together traveling the globe for research. Four years with Bates in South America and the other eight years were spent traveling South East Asia (He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct). In Asia, Wallace wrote two of his most famous papers, the “Sarawak Law” (1855) and “Ternate” (1858). He then leaves Singapore, Asia for his home country, England (Wallace …show more content…
Four reasons can describe why he is important. First, he discovered natural selection and prompted Darwin to rush his Origin of Species to the press. Second, Wallace is perhaps one of the modern world’s greatest scientific adventurer explorers. After Wallace’s eight-year exploration of Asia and wrote two books, one of which was “one of the finest scientific travel books ever written.” A third reason for Wallace’s importance is his work in biogeography. Alfred Russel Wallace made a book called, Geographical Distribution of Animals (1876). The fourth reason was the co-discoverer of natural selection (Alfred Russel Wallace –

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