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A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero


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When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is unfortunate. However, Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck of Sweet Fern Productions have produced an excellent short-film on the subject. ‘The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace’ tells his story with stunning use of paper art and puppetry. The combination of the compelling story, vivid colors and the crafting techniques make this film a standout. You will be delighted with the immaculate attention to detail (tiny paper tables with tiny letters, paintings on the wall, the type of wall paper), a clear and confident narration by Dr. George Beccaloni of the Natural History Museum of London, and a great story that deserves to be told.

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace (Director’s Cut) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo.

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at www.carinbondar.com, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Aquifer 6:27 pm 01/2/2014

    This is quite wonderful – I wonder how the concept of epigenetics fits in – was it Wallace who suggested that acquired characteristics could be inherited? A concept discredited for a long time until more recently …

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