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Wallace's Lowell Institute lecture on continental islands

Wallace's Lowell Institute lecture on continental islands

Catalogue number: WP1/5/7/6

Press cutting reporting on Wallace's fourth Darwinism lecture at the Lowell Institute, undated, probably November 1886.

Wallace presented a series of lectures on Darwinism at the Lowell Institute, in Boston, Massachusetts. This Boston Post newspaper article reports on the fourth lecture, entitled Continental Islands, Recent and Ancient. The content is discussed in detail, focusing on continental islands being formed when separated from the mainland and the resultant peculiar animals that inhabit them.

Wallace proved to be an engaging speaker: 'Mr Wallace gave a very graphic and detailed description of the manner in which the mammalia were dispersed over the earth, and at the close of the lecture was heartily applauded.'

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