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Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace

Journeys of Discovery

by Paul Mason

illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

The naturalist Alfred Wallace and his close association with the theory of evolution is little known – most people think of Charles Darwin. Yet Wallace’s story is a classic one of adventure, talent, and persistence before he was able to offer one of the most ground-breaking scientific theories of all time. Most readers are exposed to the work of scientists in the present day; the nineteenth-century setting of this text is an excellent way to broaden their understanding of how scientists have increased their understanding of the world over time and the major milestones along the way. This article is designed to be read alongside the fictional story “Dodinga, 1858”, written by the same author.

Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Learning area: Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: adventure, Alfred Wallace, biology, change, Charles Darwin, discovery, evolution, history, journey, natural history, natural selection, nature, science, scientist, species, travel, Victorians

In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Publication date: November 2020

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