Charles Darwin continues to be everywhere as the build-up to the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday -- Philadelphia is organizing a "Year of Evolution." The UK's Observer recounts the now-famous story of how Darwin was spurred to action by Alfred Russel Wallace coming up with the same idea.

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