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Island Life

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As the co-formulator with Charles Darwin of the theory of biological evolution via natural selection, naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) argued that plant and animal species develop throughout organic history. Wallace focused special attention on the diversity of tropical life forms and became acutely aware of the adaptive relationship between each species and it ...more
Paperback, 522 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Prometheus Books (first published February 11th 1880)
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Craig Ruaux
Feb 26, 2009 Craig Ruaux rated it liked it
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I found this book fascinating.

Alfred Russel Wallace is somewhat notorious as the man who nearly beat Charles Darwin to the punch, his paper On the Law which has regulated the Introduction of New Species. , Annals and Magazine of Natural History (ser. 2, 16: 184-196. Sep 1855), is a masterful work of intellect, and manages to sum up most of Darwin's arguments from On the Origin of Species in less than 2000 words.

Wallace thought deeply about issues of animal distribution, and Island Life repres
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Harri
Jan 07, 2017 Harri rated it it was amazing
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Read this if your interested in why animals exist where they exist and the history of how we came to know this. Wallace's attention to detail was important for this book at the time that it was written, but reading at this time made it tough to get through some sections. I much preferred the second section and the last few chapters were incredible. The first section was a bit of a slog, although it is essential information and was still fascinating. The prologue is important to read as it puts W ...more
Ryan
Sep 01, 2013 Ryan marked it as read-partial
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Wallace's knowledge of animal and plant species of the world was truly phenomenal, allowing him to notice differences in their geographical distribution that would lead to his theorizing on evolution and spawn the field of biogeography. Not rated as I only managed to read a couple of introductory chapters without progressing to the latter ones discussing the more unique bioregions on the planet.
David Shapiro
Oct 30, 2012 David Shapiro rated it it was amazing
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Read this book! If you have an interest in natural history of the study of evolution, than take the time to read this book. Wallace was a talented observer of life and his ideas are really quite brilliant.
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Alfred Russel Wallace, OM, FRS (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently proposing a theory of natural selection which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own theory.

Wallace did extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the W
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