Mt. Haeckel P500 SPS / WSC
Mt. Wallace SPS / WSC

Wed, Aug 4, 2004

With: Michael Graupe
Matthew Holliman
Mark Thomas
David Wright

Mt. Haeckel
Mt. Wallace
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Mt. Wallace (13,377 ft.)

Named by T.S. Solomons in 1895

"Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), British naturalist, who developed the theory of evolution contemporaneously with Darwin. The mountain is one of the so-called 'Evolution Group,' named by Theodore S. Solomons in 1895. (Appalachia 8, no. 1, 1896: 48-50.) On the first two editions of the Mt. Goddard 30' map (1912 and 1918) the name was mistakenly placed on the western ridge of Mt. Darwin. It was moved to the correct location in 1923."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada

"Co-discoverer of the theory of natural selection and key player in the development of biogeography. A self-taught professional natural history collector who had spent years in South America and Asia, he began work on the species problem in the mid-1850's while in the field, publishing little-noticed papers that argued for the fact of evolution on the basis of geographical distributions. In 1858 he suddenly intuited the selection theory without realizing that Darwin already had done so, and ironically wrote to him for help in getting his ideas published. This resulted in the joint paper read before the Royal Society and published that year. Throughout the rest of his life Wallace graciously gave as much credit as possible to Darwin, and the Darwin circle reciprocated by arranging a government pension and assorted honors for Wallace. Although he was less inclined to neo-Lamarckism than Darwin himself, he later argued that the theory did not apply to the evolution of man.

- Lefalophodon (online)

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