Chapter ID: CBB001500083

Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters (2011)


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.

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Book Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Gissis, Snait B.
Galera, Andrés
Barloy, Jean Jacques
Egerton, Frank N.
Goux, Jean-Michel
Chaikovskii, Iu. V.
Journal of the History of Biology
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Pensée: Recherches Marxistes, Sciences, Société, Philosophie
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Études Vivantes
The MIT Press
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Darwin, Charles Robert
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Cuvier, Georges
Lucas, Prosper
Foucault, Michel
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
21st century
Great Britain

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