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Alfred Russel Wallace's House for Sale in England

Alfred Russel Wallace collection and specimens
An antique cabinet acquired inadvertently by a Washington, D.C. lawyer turned out to hold Alfred Russel Wallace's collection of 1,700 specimens housed in 26 drawers. (Image credit: National Science Foundation)

Fancy owning a bit of evolutionary history? For just £1.5 million (about $2.3 million with current exchange rates), you can own the house that Alfred Russel Wallace built when he returned from the travels to exotic locales that helped him formulate the idea of evolution through natural selection independently of Charles Darwin, Nature's News blog reports.

The house, which Wallace dubbed "The Dell," is situated north of the Thames to the east of London in the town of Grays in Essex. Wallace had the house built in 1872, but only lived in it for four years, Nature reports.

Wallace wrote to Darwin about the observations from his travels and his ideas on natural selection, prompting Darwin to rush to publish his own work and observations, which he had sat on for years. Wallace has been a bit of a footnote to Darwin ever since, though he is considered an eminent naturalist in his own right.

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Andrea Thompson
Andrea graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.