On the Organic Law of Change

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674726022
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 588
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Marking the centennial of Alfred Russel Wallace's death, James Costa presents an elegant edition of the "Species Notebook" of 1855-1859, which Wallace kept during his Malay Archipelago expedition. Presented in facsimile with text transcription and annotations, this never-before-published document provides a window into the travels, trials, and genius of the co-discoverer of natural selection. In one section, headed "Note for Organic Law of Change"--a critique of geologist Charles Lyell's anti-evolutionary arguments--Wallace sketches a book he would never write, owing to the unexpected events of 1858. In that year he sent a manuscript announcing his discovery of natural selection to Charles Darwin. Lyell and the botanist Joseph Hooker proposed a joint reading at the Linnean Society of his scientific paper with Darwin's earlier private writings on the subject. Darwin would go on to publish On the Origin of Species in 1859, to much acclaim; pre-empted, Wallace's first book on evolution waited two decades, but by then he had abandoned his original concept. On the Organic Law of Change realizes in spirit Wallace's unfinished project, and asserts his stature as not only a founder of biogeography and the preeminent tropical biologist of his day but as Darwin's equal.

Discovery of Australia's Fishes

A History of Australian Ichthyology to 1930
Author: Brian Saunders
ISBN: 0643106707
Category: Nature
Page: 491
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Provides insight into the diverse pathways by which Australia's fish were discovered and outlines the history of early maritime explorations in Australia that collected natural history specimens. The book covers the life and work of each of the most important discoverers, and assesses their accomplishments and the limitations of their work.

The Birds of Africa: Volume VIII

The Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mascarenes
Author: Roger Safford,Frank Hawkins
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408190494
Category: Nature
Page: 960
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Universally recognised as by far the most authoritative work ever published on the subject, The Birds of Africa is a superb multi-contributor reference work, with encyclopaedic species texts, stunning paintings of all species and numerous subspecies, hundreds of informative line drawings, detailed range maps, and extensive bibliographies. This eighth and final volume covers the Malagasy region which comprises Madagascar and the various islands and archipelagos of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles, the Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion. Every resident and migrant species is covered in full detail, comparable to other volumes in the series, and with a colour map for each species. Vagrants are treated in less detail. All species are illustrated on a beautiful series of 64 colour plates, with original artwork from John Gale and Brian Small.

Verzeichniss der Schriften über Zoologie

welche in den periodischen Werken enthalten und vom Jahre 1846-1860 selbständig erschienen sind mit Einschluss der allgemein-Naturgeschichtlichen, periodischen und palaeontologischen Schriften
Author: Victor J. Carus
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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Author: Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Physikalisch-Mathematische Klasse
Publisher: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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