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Remebering Great Naturalists

This was an interesting, scary, and somehow inspiring bit of historical information on the early naturalists.  One of my favorite parts was a quote from one of the all-time greats, Alfred Russel Wallace.

“I trembled with excitement as I saw it coming majestically toward me,” Alfred Russel Wallace wrote, of a spectacular butterfly in the East Indies, “& could hardly believe I had really obtained it till I had taken it out my net and gazed upon its gorgeous wings of velvet black & brilliant green, its golden body & crimson breast … I have certainly never seen a more gorgeous insect.” Naturalists were also caught up body and soul in the great intellectual enterprise of collecting, classifying and coming to terms with the diversity of life on Earth. 


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