History of Evolutionary Thought

Spontaneous generations naturally mold larva on

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: und for modern evolution Cosmology: was finding that the universe was MUCH larger than thought Geology: showed that the earth was MUCH older than thought, uniformitarianism in geological processes Natural History: discovery of many extinct species Socio- political climate: revolutions (political, military, industrial) Evolution before Darwin: Lamarck Lamarck was a French naturalist, taught an evolutionary biology class Philosophie Zoologique (1809) Premises: Inheritance of acquired characteristics (not original to Lamarck) Multiple origins of life by spontaneous generations (naturally): mold, larva on rotting meat, etc. Organisms evolve towards greater complexity Organisms have needs Besoins: les besoins des organismes forcent l’évolution des caractéristiques An attempt to explain adaptation, but on an individual level. Extinction is possible in this theory: pseudo- extinction, as the species have developed and adapted since that one individual died Alf...
View Full Document

Ask a homework question - tutors are online