Shipping timetables debunk Darwin plagiarism accusations

  title={Shipping timetables debunk Darwin plagiarism accusations},
  author={Philip Ball},
  • P. Ball
  • Published 12 December 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Nature
Evidence challenges claims that Charles Darwin stole ideas from Alfred Russel Wallace. 


A new theory to explain the receipt of Wallace's Ternate Essay by Darwin in 1858
It is intended to show that Wallace in fact sent the Ternate essay on the mail steamer of April 1858, for which the postal connections actually indicate the letter to have arrived precisely on 18 June, and Darwin is vindicated from accusations of deceit.