Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015141

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use (for details see www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 January 2019

Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters

Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters

(p.33) 4 Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters
Transformations of Lamarckism

Richard W. Burkhardt

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the idea of the inheritance of acquired characteristics and Lamarck's ideas on the role of habit in species change. It compares the ways in which Lamarck, Frédéric Cuvier and Darwin used behavior in explaining inheritance. Both Lamarck and Darwin related their work to evolutionary issues and consider use inheritance as a significant evolutionary mechanism, while Cuvier steered clear of the theory of evolution. Cuvier endorsed the idea that the inheritance of features that had been developed was not through use or disuse, but instead through a process of selection.

Keywords:   inheritance, acquired characteristics, habit, species change, Frédéric Cuvier, evolution, selection

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.