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Who is Alfred Wallace?
Alfred Wallace a.k.a. Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858. This prompted Darwin to publish his own ideas in On the Origin of Species. Wallace did extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the faunal divide now termed the Wallace Line, which separates the Indonesian archipelago into two distinct parts: a western portion in which the animals are largely of Asian origin, and an eastern portion where the fauna reflect Australasia.
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A Dictionary of Zoology (2014)
by Michael Allaby
Alfred Wallace, a zoogeographer and contemporary of Charles Darwin, first demarcated the boundary between the ...
ALFRED WALLACE Welsh naturalist Alfred Wallace SOUTHATLANTIC OCEAN Darwin studied the wildlife in the isolated Galapagos Islands. GalapagosIslands PACIFICOCEAN OCEAN The ship returned via New Zealand, Australia, and the ...
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