Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.02.006
Title: Going the whole orang: Darwin, Wallace and the natural history of orangutans
Authors: van Wyhe, J 
Kjærgaard, PC
Keywords: Alfred Russel Wallace
Anthropology
Charles Darwin
Great apes
Human evolution
Orangutans
Animals
Biological Evolution
Biology
Borneo
History, 19th Century
Humans
Natural History
Pongo
Selection, Genetic
United Kingdom
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2015
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Citation: van Wyhe, J, Kjærgaard, PC (2015-06-01). Going the whole orang: Darwin, Wallace and the natural history of orangutans. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51 : 53-63. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.02.006
Abstract: This article surveys the European discovery and early ideas about orangutans followed by the contrasting experiences with these animals of the co-founders of evolution by natural selection, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. The first non-human great ape that both of them interacted with was the orangutan. They were both profoundly influenced by what they saw, but the contexts of their observations could hardly be more different. Darwin met orangutans in the Zoological Gardens in London while Wallace saw them in the wild in Borneo. In different ways these observations helped shape their views of human evolution and humanity's place in nature. Their findings played a major role in shaping some of the key questions that were pursued in human evolutionary studies during the rest of the nineteenth century.
Source Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/229161
ISSN: 13698486
18792499
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.02.006
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