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Wallace's idea of Natural Selection versus that of Darwin

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Have you ever wondered about Wallace's ideas on Natural Selection and Evolution? In Wallace's essay called "On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the
Original Type" (which can be read at­ ) Wallace writes much more clearly than Charles Darwin in my opinion. Wallace's version of Natural Selection also appears to be somewhat different than Charles Darwin's.­ provides links to other writings of Wallace.

http://rsnr.royalsoci...­ has an article called "The theory of natural selection of Alfred Russel Wallace FRS". It's summary says "Wallace's 1858 paper ‘On the tendency of varieties to depart indefinitely from the original type’ is often thought to present a theory of natural selection identical with that of Darwin. Examination of Wallace's argument shows that it is different from Darwin's because Wallace thought that an inferior variety could coexist with a superior variety until environmental deterioration forced the extinction of the inferior one. Other interpretations of Wallace's argument are re-examined in the light of this finding."

http://www.walesonlin...­ has an article called "The Welsh naturalist, Charles Darwin and the genesis of evolution". It reports on the claim that Charles Darwin 'stole' his theory of evolution from Welsh naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. Interestingly I notice that Wallace much clearly states his theory of natural selection than does Darwin, in my opinion.
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