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Alfred Russel Wallace sent Darwin a paper in 1858 that laid out a theory very similar to Darwins. 32 of a letter Darwin had written to Asa Gray a botanist in the United States in 1857. All designed to establish Darwins priority. The joint paper was read at a meeting of the Linnean Society on July 1 1858 by Lyell and Hooker Wallace was still in the Far East and Darwin was at his sons funeral. It was published later that year in the journal of the society. Two short reviews appeared in the Zoologist along with a reprint of the paper but it went largely unnoticed. It was not until the theory came out in book form that it made headlines. In fact in May 1859 Thomas Bell in his presidential report to the Linnean Society said The year which has passed 1858 has not indeed been marked by any of those striking discoveries which at once revolutionize so to speak the department of science on which they bear. This was almost certainly a deliberate slight. Bell had chaired the July meeting where the Darwin-Wallace paper was read and he knew Darwin well-he had written up Darwins reptiles from the voyage. Not a supporter of Darwins theory he unwittingly played a key role in its development it was Bell who confirmed the giant tortoises were native to the Galpagos Islands and not brought to the islands by buccaneers as Darwin originally thought making them a perfect example of natural selection by virtue of their island-to-island variation.