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Lamarckian Evolution

June 14, 2008

Rheanna Sand

When we talk about evolution, it's always "Darwin" this and "Darwin" that. Yes, Charles Darwin is awesome. His ideas are being supported more and more each day. But what about some of the other evolutionary revolutionaries, like Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who died 181 years ago last week? If his theories were widely dismissed or even ridiculed in the past, does that mean we should ignore them now?

Science in Seconds has one answer to that: epigenetics.

Watch this video to learn how Lamarck's old, crazy ideas aren't so crazy anymore.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo Credits: Wikimedia users Valérie75, Jastrow, Kwh, Alvesgaspar.

References:

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/lamarck.html
http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/history/evol_happens.shtml
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/11/how-evolution-is-evolving.html

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