Wallace, Darwin, and the Practice of Natural History

  title={Wallace, Darwin, and the Practice of Natural History},
  author={Melinda Bonnie Fagan},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • M. Fagan
  • Published 24 April 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of the History of Biology
There is a pervasive contrast in the early natural history writings of the co-discoverers of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. In his writings from South America and the Malay Archipelago (1848–1852, 1854–1862), Wallace consistently emphasized species and genera, and separated these descriptions from his rarer and briefer discussions of individual organisms. In contrast, Darwin’s writings during the Beagle voyage (1831–1836) emphasized individual organisms, and… 
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