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Science  15 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6236, pp. 765
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0121

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Through quotations from their published works and letters home to friends and family, John Hemming brings the expeditions of three iconic Victorian explorers—Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates, and Richard Spruce—to life. Reviewer Sandra Knapp applauds Naturalists in Paradise for portraying the men in a human light, and encourages those working in biodiversity and ecosystem services today to take a cue from these Victorian naturalists, who "explored with both their eyes and minds open."