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Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise with Sir David Attenborough

November 12, 2013

Daniel Giraud Elliot Bird of Paradise (1)

© AMNH/D. Finnin


The Wallace Centenary evening lecture features internationally celebrated wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, speaking on “Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise.” Attenborough shares his passion for the birds of paradise with Wallace, who spent eight years seeking them in his travels through the Malay Archipelago. Wallace became the first European to witness their bizarre courtship displays, which helped inspire him to come up with the idea of natural selection he published jointly with Charles Darwin in 1858. 

Following the lecture, Sir David and co-author Errol Fuller will sign copies of their book “Drawn from Paradise.”

The Wallace Centenary Celebration is co-produced by the Ornithology Department at the American Museum of Natural History and Richard Milner, historian of science and Associate in the museum’s Division of Anthropology.

Presented in conjunction with the Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary: Natural Selection and Beyond

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