Article ID: CBB001422415

Going the Whole Orang: Darwin, Wallace and the Natural History of Orangutans (2015)


van Wyhe, John (Author)
Kjaergaard, Peter C. (Author)

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Volume: 51
Pages: 53-63

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Article in a special section: “Historicising Humans in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences”
Language: English

This article surveys the European discovery and early ideas about orangutans followed by the contrasting experiences with these animals of the co-founders of evolution by natural selection, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. The first non-human great ape that both of them interacted with was the orangutan. They were both profoundly influenced by what they saw, but the contexts of their observations could hardly be more different. Darwin met orangutans in the Zoological Gardens in London while Wallace saw them in the wild in Borneo. In different ways these observations helped shape their views of human evolution and humanity's place in nature. Their findings played a major role in shaping some of the key questions that were pursued in human evolutionary studies during the rest of the nineteenth century.

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Authors & Contributors
England, Richard K.
van Wyhe, John
Stevens, P. F.
Hartman, H.
Gardiner, B. G.
Endersby, Jim
Journal of the History of Biology
The Linnean: Newsletter and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Journal of Biogeography
Linnean Society of London
Siri Scientific Press
World Scientific
Harvard University Press
Reaktion Books
Natural selection
Natural history
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Boyd, Thomas
Tristram, Henry Baker
Hussey, Arthur
Romanes, George John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Great Britain
British Isles
South America
United States
Malay; Malaysia
Linnean Society of London

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