Use Wallace’s letters to understand how his ideas developed.
Explore some of the items in the Wallace Collection below then answer the questions beneath each link..
This letter, dated April 1856, is from Wallace to fellow entomologist Henry Walter Bates. It includes details about the insects of the Malay Archipelago and ideas about geographical distribution.
This letter, dated December 1861, is from Wallace to fellow insect collector Henry Walter Bates.
In the letter Wallace discusses his work on biogeography. Find a quote that gives evidence that Wallace thought rivers acted as barriers to distribution, ie that animals could not cross the rivers and spread out.
This letter, dated September 1868, is from Wallace to Charles Darwin. It presents his arguments against Darwin’s views on coloration in female animals.