This is the epic, true story of the young explorer who put the first ever case for the creation of a new species, providing what Charles Darwin called the "beautiful proof" for Natural Selection. The major discovery of Batesian Mimicry was developed from Bates's fascinating 11-year journey and study of butterflies in the Amazon rainforest.
He noted how certain animals adopt the look of others to deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.
Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: he collected over 14,000 specimens of which over 8,000 were at the time new to science.
He went on to become the administrator for the Royal Geographical Society and transformed it to one which combined exploration with academic research and was responsible for placing geography on the school curriculum.
This long overdue book, now filmed as Amazon Adventure, reassesses Bates's life and work and finally places both the man and his work in their rightful place alongside the other greats.