A delicate adjustment: Wallace and Bates on the Amazon and "the problem of the origin of species".

@article{Wyhe2014ADA,
  title={A delicate adjustment: Wallace and Bates on the Amazon and "the problem of the origin of species".},
  author={John van Wyhe},
  journal={Journal of the history of biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={47 4},
  pages={
          627-59
        }
}
  • John van Wyhe
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the history of biology
For over a century it has been believed that Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates set out for the Amazon in 1848 with the aim of "solving the problem of the origin of species". Yet this enticing story is based on only one sentence. Bates claimed in the preface to his 1863 book that Wallace stated this was the aim of their expedition in an 1847 letter. Bates gave a quotation from the letter. But Wallace himself never endorsed or repeated this story. Many writers have acknowledged that… Expand
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