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Lamarcks Influence on the Development of Darwins Theoryof Evolution Serebryany RostislavMarc WeinsteinLamarcks Influence on The Development of Darwins Theory of EvolutionThere have been many ideas on the theory of evolution Some simply take our existence forgranted others prefer to explain all evolution in terms of the bible and the presence ofa God However there are those who have researched the topic of evolution and haveoffered an explanation as to where a species comes from and how they evolved in the mannerthat they did This type of science has been studied for a very very long time and oneof the most famous minds in the field of evolution was a man named Charles Darwin Darwinwas not the first one to offer theories on evolution There have been many scientists whopreceded him These earlier evolutionists came up with models of evolution that wereunfortunately unworkable One of these early pioneers was Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Lamarckbelieved in deism and advocated natural religion based on human reason He believed in theharmony and rationality of the world And although flawed the work of Lamarck did not gounnoticed however Darwin also believed in the harmony of the world and it was Darwinhimself who said that Lamarck was the first man whose conclusions on evolution broughtabout excitement and attention He was the one who showed law in organic and inorganicspecies evolution As it turned out the work of Lamarck was quite influential on DarwinLamarcks views on inheritance of characteristics can be seen in Darwinsaccounts of natural selection When Lamarck wrote of transmutation Darwin followed withhis beliefs of the mutability of species As well Darwin had used Lamarcks ideas onuse and disuse of organs Lamarck was not the greatest of influences on Darwin but he wasan important one One of the most important arguments in Darwins theories was the idea of naturalselection It is generally thought that the world first heard of this idea in the form ofLamarcks inheritance of acquired traits theory Lamarcks
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