January 8th 1823: Alfred Russel Wallace born

On this day in 1823, British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was born in Wales. Wallace was raised in Hertford, England, attending Hertford Grammar School, now Richard Hale School. Wallace worked for a time as a surveyor, which developed his love for nature and laid bare social inequalities, introducing him to socialism. He read widely on works of natural history, and in 1848 travelled to Brazil to collect natural specimens for sale and study in Britain. When he published some of his findings, Wallace was acclaimed by British scientists, and continued to travel around the world researching the natural world. During his time in the Malay Archipelago, he developed a theory of the origin of new species, positing that new species arise from the development of pre-existing species in the struggle for survival; essentially, it was a theory of evolution. Wallace sent his writings to fellow naturalist Charles Darwin, who was struck by the similarities with his own theory. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published their findings as a paper entitled ‘On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection’. However, it was Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, published the next year, which really gripped the public imagination, hence the focus on Darwin in discussions of evolutionary theory. Wallace continued to write zoological and naturalist works, though increasingly became interested in social issues, advocating women’s rights and socialism. Alfred Russel Wallace died in Dorset in 1913 aged ninety. While Wallace’s contribution to our knowledge of man’s origins is often eclipsed by Darwin, recent years have seen a renewed interest in the progressive, nature-loving scientist.

1. Lapras
2. Weedle
3. Magmar
4. Psyduck
5. Magikarp
6. Oddish
7. Sandshrew
8. Squirtle
9. Paras
10. Charmander
11. Onix
12. Togepi
13. Machop
14. Jynx
15. Seel
16. Doduo
17. Poliwag
18. Electrobuzz
19. Vulpix
20. Jigglypuff
21. Hitmonlee
22. Bulbasaur

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Part of a recently Kickstarted anatomy artbook- PokéNatomy
Shipping late Spring 2017, available while supplies last.

The universe is so unhuman, that is, it goes its way with so little
thought of man. He is but an incident, not an end. We must adjust our
notions to the discovery that things are not shaped to him, but that he
is shaped to them. The air was not made for his lungs, but he has lungs
because there is air; the light was not created for his eye, but he has
eyes because there is light. All the forces of nature are going their
own way; man avails himself of them, or catches a ride as best he can.
If he keeps his seat, he prospers; if he misses his hold and falls, he
is crushed.

John Burroughs


Fulgens Prism ~ by Christopher Marley; 20 x 24".   Rather than using standard entomology mountings, Marley interprets an artistic presentation of brilliantly-colored beetle species found around the world to emphasize their natural beauty.