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Alfred Russel Wallace's “Die Permanenz der Continente und Oceane” (2019)


A previously unnoticed publication by Alfred Russel Wallace has come to light concerning an important nineteenth-century natural science discussion: whether the continental and oceanic portions of the globe are permanent fixtures. Originally (and only) printed in an obscure German review magazine, it represents the only known substantial work by Wallace that never appeared in English. A translation back into English is provided in the Appendix, preceded by an analysis and discussion of some of its subject matter, especially that pertaining to nineteenth-century theories of changing ocean levels and the changing perception of the importance of land bridges versus dispersal for zoogeography.

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Authors & Contributors
van Wyhe, John
Rookmaaker, L. C.
Pietsch, Theodore W.
Monmonier, Mark S.
Mills, Eric L.
Lane, K. Maria D.
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
University of Chicago Press
Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
University of Toronto Press
University of Virginia Press
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Natural science
Travel; exploration
Science and culture
Oceans and seas
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Cuvier, Georges
Darwin, Charles Robert
Humboldt, Alexander von
Lowell, Percival
Ward, Lester Frank
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
16th century
17th century
Great Britain

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