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[ Accepted for publication 17 September 2012. This is a preprint of the work that appeared in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108: 715-718 (Wiley-Blackwell, for the Linnean Society of London, 2013). The definitive version is available at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com ]

Abstract

Recent investigations have led to a conclusion that Alfred Russel Wallace probably mailed his ‘Ternate’ paper on natural selection to Darwin a month later than some have thought, thus freeing Darwin from possible accusations of plagiarism. Further examination of the question suggests this conclusion is premature, as the evidence in favor of the later mailing date appears to be shakier than first thought.

Disciplines

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Evolution | Life Sciences | Nature and Society Relations | Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences