1st Dec 2017 11:00am-12:00pmFriday 1 December 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm
Woollahra Library, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Join author Ian Burnet to hear about the epic voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and the way their exploration of the natural history of Australia and Asia led to a profound and dramatic change in the way we view our world today.
50 million years ago Continent Australia breaks away from Antarctica and begins its journey north towards the equator, carrying a raft of Gondwanaland flora and fauna. Joseph Banks on the Endeavour was the first trained naturalist to describe this unique flora and fauna, evolved during these million years of isolation. Charles Darwin‘s encounters with this flora and fauna challenged his religious understanding of the world and led him to try and rationalize his belief in the idea of biblical creation and understand the origin of species. Alfred Russel Wallace’s discovery that the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and those of Australasia played a fundamental role in these three natural scientists helping us better understand our world. It was tectonic plate movement that brought these disparate worlds together and Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘Letter from Ternate’ forced Charles Darwin to finally publish his landmark work ‘On the Origin of Species’.
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