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Many important contributions have been made to science One of the most important deals with the theory of evolution Back in the 1800s a man named Alfred Russel Wallace made his contributions to science and to the theory of evolution His discoveries influenced the world of science in the years to come One of the forgotten fathers of modern science is a man named Alfred Russel Wallace Wallace was best known for his development of a theory of evolution based on natural selection He was born in 1823 in the village of Usk in Monmouthshire England Wallaces father died while Alfred was still young Alfred joined his brother William not long after his formal schooling had ended They went on to survey English counties over the following four years During this time Alfred learned to make accurate observations and detailed recordings These skills came to be a big part and were very important for Alfred later in life In Leicester at the Collegiate School he was named the drawing-master Wallace met up with another teacher while he was in Leicester The teacher was Henry Bates He brought Alfred into the world of botany and influenced Wallace to make a collection of beetles In 1848 Wallace and Bates went on a trip to South America The purpose of the trip was to go on an expedition where they could explore the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers A year later Wallace and Bates split up so they could cover the large area During their time in South America Wallace would gather many specimens Later he sent these specimens to Para for storage and safe keeping before his return to England Wallace would then spend an additional four years in Brazil before returning home in 1852 On the return trip home Wallaces ship caught fire and had to be abandoned Due to the fire he lost his entire collection and most of his notes A catastrophe like
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