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← The Darwin-Wallace mystery solved

Pitchguest's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Pitchguest

I don't think it matters who discovered it first, since they both discovered it independent of eachother meaning they were both as brilliant in their field and it was announced jointly in the papers giving Wallace and Darwin equal share in the discovery. According to his biography, Wallace and Darwin even became good friends later on. Never malicious and never a grudge between them. Considering that Wallace also willingly inscribed to Darwin the entire honour of the theory, coining the phrase 'darwinism' for describing it and calling him 'the Newton of Natural history', I think it's irrelevant who discovered what. Unless it's to set the record straight, then by all means.

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:51:25 UTC | #925769