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October 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 17)

Epigenetics and Reinventing Lamarck

Pioneer Evolutionary Scientist's Ideas Revisited in Light of Novel Research Findings

  • In 1809 Lamarck published Philosophie zoologique describing an intriguing theory by which the environment would exert a driving force on animals whose body plans, physiology, and behavior would have to adapt. 1 This hypothesis, refuted by modern geneticists, was consigned to oblivion in favor of Darwin’s theory of evolution. ...

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