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Linnean Society of London


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A society that takes its name from Carl Linné, the Swedish naturalist and “Father of Taxonomy.” The Society was founded in 1788 (ten years after Linné's death) for “the cultivation of the Science of Natural History in all its branches.” Subsequently the first president of the Society purchased Linné's botanical and zoological collections, and they are held in the Society's museum. An early publication of the Society contains Brown's discovery of the cell nucleus. In 1858 essays by Darwin and Wallace presenting the theory of evolution by natural selection were first published in the Society's Proceedings. The next year another essay by Wallace was published by the Society. In this account of the zoological geography of the Malay Archipelago, the first description of the Wallace line (q.v.) was given. See Chronology, 1735, Linné; 1831, Brown; 1858, Darwin and Wallace; 1859, Wallace.

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