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Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
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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

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

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

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

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0004

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

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