Here’s a great Charles Darwin story you may not have heard before: In 1862, the famed naturalist foretold the discovery of an unusual animal, based on his observations of a species of orchid endemic to Madagascar. The creature was ultimately discovered in 1903—some 20 years after Darwin’s death.
In 1870 a man proved that the Earth was round. He wasn't the first to prove it, and he wasn't even proving anything out of the mainstream. But that didn't keep a fanatic from spending the next 20 years ruining his life.
"[Evolution by natural selection] was a theory that was discovered by two people, and we've blithely forgotten one of them." This fantastic paper-puppet animation celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, the massively overlooked (and massively modest) scientist co-credited with Darwin for the theory of natural…