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The neglected co-discoverer of evolution

By Anjana Ahuja   February 2013

Alfred Russel Wallace, the somewhat neglected co-discoverer of evolution, steps into the limelight this year with a series of UK events marking the centenary of his death. Unlike the reserved and scholarly Darwin, Wallace was a campaigning socialist and spiritualist, as well as an intrepid adventurer whose wildlife collections still impress today. The Wallace100 lecture programme begins on 7th February at the Natural History Museum, with a homage by geneticist Steve Jones (www.nhm.ac.uk/wallace100).

The UN set a date of 2015 for achieving its Millennium Development Goals; a four-month global consultation on its next goals closes this month. Given that the…

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