Evolution - 1. Evolution before Darwin 1. Jean Baptiste de...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1. Evolution before Darwin 1. Jean Baptiste de Lamarck 1. Famous French biologist published beginning of 19 th century. 1800-argued in favor of evolution; argued it was possible to classify organisms in degree of complexity hierarchy of natural world. 1. The bottom was single celled organisms, moving up to elaborate sophisticated life forms with the top with humans 2. Argued it would be possible for organisms to rise up through hierarchy—that does not mean that they stay there indefinitely. Possible for particular organisms to acquire beneficial physical characteristics over span of life. Be able to pass on characteristics to descendents— theory of inheritance of acquired traits . 1. No present day scientists support—no evidence 2. Can pass along, but only things that get into genetic code, if not in genes it won’t be passed along 2. Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation 1. Robert Chambers-anonymous author of Vestiges in London 1. Argued that every life form in the modern age was descended from that one single common ancestor 2. Almost universally rejected and almost everyone found something to hate about it. Early theory about common descent 1. Didn’t know how old the earth was—the theory speculated that the earth was extremely old 2. Contradict the Christian view of the time; the earth was supposed to be a few thousand years old. Could not accept theory that the earth was older than that
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Loeberg during the Spring '09 term at Cal Poly.

Page1 / 2

Evolution - 1. Evolution before Darwin 1. Jean Baptiste de...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online