Who is Alfred Russel Wallace? Just the guy who originated evolutionary theory around the time Charles Darwin was thinking about natural selection. The 19th-century naturalist may not have his pal’s renown, but to bird lovers, Wallace is a god among scientists, thanks to his 1869 tome, The Malay Archipelago, which documented his study of Indonesian birds of paradise. Sir David Attenborough, the voice and spirit behind BBC’s Life nature series, talks Wallace and beatific plumage, and signs copies of his new book, Drawn from Paradise, which he co-authored with artist Errol Fuller.
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