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Bali & Beyond Group Trip traces biogeographical fault

May 6, 2009

On our extraordinary Bali & Beyond small group trip, see the dramatic differences in flora and fauna that live east and west of the Wallace Line. Darwin’s young contemporary, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, noted a biogeographical divide separating the marsupial-dominated species native to the Australian continent vs. the mammals of Asia—a century before continental drift became an accepted theory.

That is but one aspect of an amazing journey of adventure through the islands of Bali, Komodo, Borneo and Java. Learn more on our site.


In the meantime, read this article from National Geographic magazine by David Quammen.

The Man Who Wasn’t Darwin
“Alfred Russel Wallace charted a great dividing line in the living world—and found his own route to the theory of evolution.

This is a classic episode in the history of science, a story of a coincidence and its aftermath, told and retold in books about how evolutionary biology came to be: the near simultaneous formulation of what we now think of as Darwin’s theory by Darwin himself and a young upstart, Alfred Russel Wallace. Classic or not, many people nowadays are unaware of it. Wallace, famed during his life as Darwin’s junior partner and for his other contributions to science and social thought, fell into obscurity after his death, in 1913. In recent decades his renown has been revivified, both by scholars who mine every aspect of Darwin’s life—Wallace was a crucial part—and by a few popular writers.”

Read the entire article at www.nationaligeographic.com

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