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The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club

A modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow

LONDON — Hundreds of people huddled around a covered statue at the Natural History Museum earlier this month, tip-toed, necks craned, cameras at the ready.

Cheers and whistles filled the air as the tarp was whisked away: A figure of a man, cast in bronze, stood beside the soaring windows. In his hand, a butterfly net; over his shoulder, a specimen box. His eyes gazed up, caught in a moment of discovery.

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