Zoological Philosophy: An Exposition with Regard to the Natural History of Animals


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This, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck's best-known treatise, is a landmark in evolutionary thinking. Discredited in his time, Lamarck's 18th- and 19th-century research appears to have been closer to the mark than many would have guessed. Typically remembered solely for his theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics, many of Lamarck's other ideas, particularly those about the mechanism that drives evolution, are beginning to garner more attention. Highlighted in this work is Lamarck's central evolutionary claim that more ...