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Borneo, Celebes, Aru (Penguin Great Journeys)

by Alfred Russel Wallace

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Racked with fever, virtually broke and earning a precarious living through sending back to London the plumes of beautiful birds, Wallace (1823-1913) ultimately became one of the most heroic and admirable of all scientist-explorers. Whether living with Hill Dyaks or hunting Orang-Utans or sailing on a junk to the unbelievably remote Aru islands, Wallace opens our eyes to a now long vanished world.
  antimuzak | Feb 20, 2007 |
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It is now generally admitted that the present distribution of living things on the surface of the earth is mainly the result of the last series of changes that it has undergone.
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The sensation of an earthquake is never to be forgotten. Each time he ran out of his hut when the earth shook, Alfred Russell wallace reflected on the destructive force of nature. He was an intrepid explorer who earned his living collecting bird skins, but as he travelled through Indonesia and Malaysia, hunting orang-utans and rare species of birds and insects, he was to discover the evolutionary secrets of the Earth.
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