Alfred Russel Wallace proposed the theory of evolution due to natural selection in 1858 independently from Charles Darwin, who published On the Origin of Species in 1859. Giving much of the credit in developing the theory of evolution to Darwin, Wallace left for Indonesia where he spent 18 years doing research, which led to his discovery of a boundary that separated the ecozones of Asia and Australia. This became known as the Wallace Line and it shows the distinct differences among species to the west and east of the line.
In the 19th century though, Wallace was unable to see below the ocean along the Wallace Line to explore the fish species that also evolved differently from other places due to their unique underwater habitat shaped by volcanic activity and earthquakes.
These exotic fish species are captured on camera, showing the diversity of marine life and the evolutionary influences. Showing how marine life maintain a balance underwater, these vivid images will draw viewers into the mysterious world of nature.
- The waters along the equator sparkle like jewels
An underwater world with diverse marine life!
Undiscovered places in the seas!
Exploring the deep seas, a mysterious place!
- First person to propose the theory of evolution
Refusing to accept Creationism, Wallace presented his essays on the theory of evolution to the Linnean Society of London and backed Darwin's theory.
With passion and a strong belief in his mission, Wallace spent 18 years in Southeast Asia to research animals and plants, eventually discovering a geographical line that existed between animals in 1860.
Thomas Huxley named this line the Wallace Line in 1868 in recognition of Wallace's discovery.
- The Wallace Line is the area that divides the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, extending through Java, Bali, Lombok Strait, Borneo, Celebes and the Makassar Strait. Peering into the deep sea, which Wallace was unable to explore in the 19th century! With a habitat that largely remained untouched since prehistoric times, the sea is an astounding environment.