Man has been searching for fossils, or stumbling upon them, for millennia.
For those who wish to caricature the theory of intelligent design, Wallace becomes a very inconvenient historical figure.
Wallace was the co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by natural selection. He later broke with Darwin over the question of teleology.
The evolution of life mimics the evolution of software or other human technology.
It was, and is, the most controversial Catholic document of the past century, and perhaps of any century.