Hortal, J., Diniz-Filho, J. A. F., Low, M. E. Y., Stigall, A. L. & Yeo, D. C. J. Alfred Russel Wallace’s legacy: an interdisciplinary conception of evolution in space and time. npj Biodiversity 2, 3 (2023). https://doi.org:10.1038/s44185-023-00010-w
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) was an explorer, prolific collector, co-discoverer of key laws of ecology and evolution such as the principle of natural selection (and perhaps others as we will see below), and the true founder of the vibrant multidisciplinary science of biogeography. He deserves both a central position in the scientific hall of fame, as well as a multi-season series mixing action and intrigue on a streaming platform depicting his long and adventurous life. We provide a short semblance of his life and legacy through three key episodes of his long life, honoring his adventures, discoveries, and theoretical advances as he amassed specimens and data in the Amazon (which were all virtually lost), where having learned his lessons tried again in the Malay Archipelago (not without hardships of its own), and fought his lasts crusades in the scientific arena.