Tom McLaughlin from Sarawak in Borneo has been investigating the life of Wallace's faithful assistant Ali for several years. Now, together with his wife Suriani binti Sahari, he has written an article about his findings, which he asked me if I could post on this website. Tom's article is based on interviews with local people in Sarawak. To read the article (as a pdf file) CLICK HERE.
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In a recent post on this blog, I asked readers for information about the huge painting below, which features Wallace, Darwin and other scientists. Thanks to Xenia Bogza, the International relations manager of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, I can confirm that the painting belongs to that museum. Xenia also kindly provided the following information about it:
The first ever illustrated catalogue of the surviving photographs of Alfred Russel Wallace plus all drawings and paintings of him made during his lifetime, has just been released. It contains a total of 77 different photographs, 1 painting and 11 drawings of ARW, plus variants of these images. You can download the 42 page pdf file by clicking HERE. It is 4MB in size, so it may take a few seconds to download. We hope you find it interesting!
The Sarawak Association and the British Malaysia Society will hold a joint meeting at 6pm on 20th March 2017 at the Royal Overseas League (ROSL), London, to show the new docu-drama film: SEARCHING FOR ALI WALLACE.
Whilst researching a pastel portrait of Wallace by the Russian artist Mikhail Dmitrievich Ezuchevsky (1879-1928) I found a photograph of him working on a gigantic painting showing many famous scientists, including Darwin and Wallace [click HERE to see the page on which I found the image].
I never knew that there was an exhibition about Wallace at the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia in 2012, entitled "The theory of evolution would carry his name". It commemorated the 190th anniversary of Wallace's birth (in 2013) and opened on 25 December 2012. The exhibition included a collection of butterflies and birds from the Amazon and Malay Archipelago, a mock thatched hut, plus old books, photographs and maps.
Adaptive evolution by natural selection (henceforth "natural selection") is the “differential survival and reproduction of individuals due to differences in phenotype resulting in the adaptation of one or more traits to the organism's local environment” and is widely believed to be the primary mechanism driving evolutionary change in general - across the continuum from microevolution to macroevolution ("macroevolution is the product of microevolution writ large").
On the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death in November 2013, the Wallace Memorial Fund donated a magnificent bronze statue of Wallace to London's Natural History Museum. The Museum placed it beside their Wildlife Garden staring up at the Darwin Centre 2 building (somewhat ironically)... The spot it was in was relatively secluded, which led to a number of acts of vandalism: the glasses were stolen twice and had to be replaced, and the donor's plaque on the back of the statue was prised off and pocketed...
A very nice educational poster about Wallace and Darwin's travels and discoveries, which George Beccaloni of the Wallace Fund helped Operation Wallacea to produce for schools, is now available for download.