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CONTRIBUTIONS TO

THE THEORY OF

NATURAL SELECTION.

A Series of Essays.

BY

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE,

AUTHOR OF
“THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO,” ETC., ETC.

MACMILLAN AND CO.,

London,
AND 63, BLEEKER STREET,

New York.

1870.

(The right of Translation and Reproduction is reserved.]

LONDON : PRINTED BY W. W. FIEAD, ROYAL VICTORIA PRESS,

FARRINGDON STREET, E.C.

PREFACE.

The present volume consists of essays which I have contributed to various periodicals, or read before scientific societies during the last fifteen years, with others now printed for the first time. The two first of the series are printed without alteration, because, having gained me the reputation of being an independent originator of the theory of " natural selection,” they may be considered to have some historical value. I have added to them one or two very short explanatory notes, and have given headings to subjects, to make them uniform with the rest of the book. The other essays have been carefully corrected, often considerably enlarged, and in some cases almost rewritten, so as to express more fully and more clearly the views which I hold at the present time; and as most of them originally appeared in publications which have a very limited circulation, I believe that the larger portion of this volume will be new to many of my friends and to most of my readers.

I now wish - to say a few words on the reasons which have led me to publish this work. The second essay, especially when taken in connection with the first, contains an outline sketch of the theory of the origin of species (by means of what was afterwards termed by Mr. Darwin_"natural selection,'') as conceived

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