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A.R. Wallace and his “evolutionary diagrams”: first Darwinian schemes? (2023)


“The tree of life, understood as an “evolutionary diagram,” is biology’s best-known and most widely used image. It is usually attributed to Charles Darwin, from the only image he presents in The Origin of Species (1859). However, this diagram, usually called “Darwinian”, could have its origin not only in Darwin’s work but also in that of another “Darwinist” author, Alfred R. Wallace. In this paper, we revisit a series of diagrams that Wallace presented before Darwin’s work in 1856, in which, through the relationships between bird species, he sought to present an evolutionary diagram visually. As we will see, the diagrams and their description have limitations that contributed to their lack of understanding. Additionally, we want to discuss the place of the representations proposed by Wallace concerning other visualisations that historically have sought to explain biological evolution.”

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Authors & Contributors
van Wyhe, John
Tavernier, Johan De
Sober, Elliott R.
Schwartz, Joel S.
Pancaldi, Giuliano
Margulis, Lynn
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Archives of Natural History
The Plant Cell
The Linnean: Newsletter and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
World Scientific
Siri Scientific Press
Harvard University Press
Evolutionary developmental biology
Natural selection
Discovery in science
Philosophy of science
Travel; exploration
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Lyell, Charles
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Hamilton, James
Wolff, Christian von
Time Periods
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
South America
United States
Malay; Malaysia
British Isles

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