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Unformatted text preview: HON 315/316 Dr. Frisbie January 25, 2008 Homework #2: Place & Time In my opinion, the ideas of George Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon contributed the most to laying the ground work for evolutionary theory. His theories about the migration and origin of species were just as important, if not more important than Linnaeus' classification of species. The significance of both Buffon and Linnaeus' discoveries was the diversity of species. Buffon took Linnaeus' research a step further in trying to find a reason behind the diversity, not just a name for each species. Buffon tried to solve new puzzles about how similarities can exist between very similar species in very distant locations. Buffon's research extended beyond that of other scientists. He not only dealt with migration and origins, he also dealt with the formation of the earth and other "epochs," which were major stages in the history of the world. These epochs were recorded in his Epochs of Nature, adding to his other published works: volumes entitled Natural History. He hypothesized that the world was between 75,000 and 3 million years old based on his epochs. Buffon's views, especially those on migration and origin of species, had a profound influence on later scientists, including Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Even though Buffon never got as far as declaring evolutionary change from one species to another he was probably the closest at the time, and he had a lot of new and interesting things to say about adaptation. ...
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