Breaking Evolutionary Biology News

Diligent research by The Friends of Charles Darwin has uncovered this historic photo of Darwin and Wallace–TOGETHER.

“Last week, browsing the History of Science section in one of my favourite second-hand bookshops, I chanced upon a collection of Thomas Henry Huxley’s essays, Darwiniana. I picked it up to examine it, and this fell out…”

Darwiniana was actually authored by American Botanist Asa Gray, so there will have to be some further verification of this photograph before it is accepted as genuine.  The provenance of this tin type seems somewhat suspicious.  However, it does indeed appear to be the two co-discoverers of evolution by means of Natural Selection, Darwin and Wallace, standing side-by-side.  How exciting!

darwin and wallace

Historic, indeed!

BTW, if you’d like to read more about Alfred Russel Wallace, there’s a nice summary at the Berkeley Evolution Web.

Things change (thank goodness)

Discovered this interesting historic document today. I had read before that it was common to hunt raptors of all kinds in the past because they were considered “pests”. But…
this makes it a whole lot more quantifiable and horrible.

The irony, of course, is that this was a bird sanctuary doing this.  These “pests” were shot…to preserve the tasty game birds. So people could shoot them. Sigh.

I was looking for some online resources that discussed the common practice of hunting raptors in the 1880s- 1900s, but didn’t find much.

Is your GoogleFu stronger than mine? Can you make some suggestions/contribute linkies?