Alfred Russel Wallace’s insects
Alfred Russel Wallace was a man of many talents - an explorer, collector, naturalist, geographer, anthropologist and political commentator. Most famously, he had the revolutionary idea of evolution by natural selection entirely independently of Charles Darwin. NHM http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/biographies/wallace/
Wallace was forced to leave school aged 14 to earn his living. Working as a land surveyor in the English and Welsh countryside, he started to study the living things around him. In 1848, Wallace set off to the Amazon to collect insects and birds to study. He funded his trip by selling duplicates to museums and wealthy collectors back home. During his 4 year trip he collected thousands of amazing species.
WALLACE ON LINE http://wallace-online.org/
1855-1874. Wallace's specimens. (reproduced for the first time)
1845-1847. Wallace's survey maps. (reproduced for the first time)
1853-1903. Wallace's shorter publications. (articles etc.)
THE ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE PAGE