Bates, H.W.


Bates, H.W.

▪ British naturalist and explorer
in full  Henry Walter Bates 
born Feb. 8, 1825, Leicester, Leicestershire, Eng.
died Feb. 16, 1892, London
 naturalist and explorer whose demonstration of the operation of natural selection in animal mimicry (the imitation by a species of other life forms or inanimate objects published in 1861, gave firm support to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

      In 1844 Bates introduced the subject of entomology to Alfred Russel Wallace (Wallace, Alfred Russel), who in 1847 suggested a trip to tropical jungles to collect specimens to sell at home and to collect data that might help solve the problem of the origin of species. On May 28, 1848, they arrived at Pará, Braz., near the mouth of the Amazon River. Wallace returned to England in 1852; Bates remained 11 years, exploring the entire valley of the Amazon, where he collected about 14,712 species, mostly of insects, 8,000 previously unknown. On his return to England (1859), he began work on his huge collections and the preparation of his famous paper, presented in 1861 as “Contributions to an Insect Fauna of the Amazon Valley.” In 1864 Bates was appointed assistant secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (London) and held the position until his death. He wrote The Naturalist on the River Amazons, 2 vol. (1863), and many papers on entomology.

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