Today is the 159th anniversary of the reading of the Darwin-Wallace paper on evolution by natural selection at the Linnean Society of London - an event which was to change biology, and the way Homo sapiens views itself, forever!
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Australia's ABC Radio broadcast a 22 minute interview with George Beccaloni on the June 18 2017 - the 159th anniversary of the arrival of Wallace's essay on natural selection at Charles Darwin's house in Kent, England. The packet containing the essay plus a covering letter, was posted from the small 'Spice Island' of Ternate in Indonesia in March or possibly April of 1858, arriving at Darwin’s house in Downe on 18 June 1858.
Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago explores the legacies of colonial science in Southeast Asia, asking how to meaningfully re-calibrate the natural histories of the Malay Archipelago in our era, which some have called the “Plantationocene.” In dealing with various natural history collections from In
*AS OF OCTOBER 2017 THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED*
An Appreciation of Wallace's Book 'The Malay Archipelago'
By Bill Bailey (Patron of the Wallace Memorial Fund)
THE GRANDFATHER OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY
By Richard Russel Wallace
‘The book is magnificent – very many congratulations to you and your team! It is undoubtedly the finest edition of MA ever produced and I really can't see how it could have been bettered… I am truly honoured to have been involved in its production!’ George Beccaloni
Details about the book
The first ever 'deluxe' edition of Wallace's book The Malay Archipelago has just been published by London's prestigious Folio Society in two beautifully bound volumes with a slipcase. Both volumes are illustrated with stunning full page colour plates (33 per volume), which feature Wallace’s own skillful watercolour paintings, plus contemporary illustrations of places he visited, and a selection of some of the amazing animal species he discovered. The book has a preface by Prof.
Tom McLaughlin from Sarawak in Borneo has been investigating the life of Wallace's faithful assistant Ali for several years. Now, together with his wife Suriani binti Sahari, he has written an article about his findings, which he asked me if I could post on this website. Tom's article is based on interviews with local people in Sarawak. To read the article (as a pdf file) CLICK HERE.
In a recent post on this blog, I asked readers for information about the huge painting below, which features Wallace, Darwin and other scientists. Thanks to Xenia Bogza, the International relations manager of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, I can confirm that the painting belongs to that museum. Xenia also kindly provided the following information about it: