This video made me laugh, why couldn’t science class of been so funny and fun when I was going to school?
(watch out nude scientist in the video)
Lamarck and Darwin
Darwin relied on much the same evidence for evolution that Lamarck did (such as vestigial structures and artificial selection through breeding), but made completely different arguments from Lamarck. Darwin did not accept an arrow of complexity driving through the history of life. He argued that complexity evolved simply as a result of life adapting to its local conditions from one generation to the next, much as modern biologists see this process. But of course, Darwin’s ideas weren’t entirely modern either. For example, he tried on and eventually rejected several different ideas about heredity (including the inheritance of acquired characteristics, as championed by Lamarck) and never came to any satisfying conclusion about how traits were passed from parent to offspring.
Lamarckian inheritance is an idea that today is known mainly from textbooks, where it is used to as a historical contrast for our modern understanding of genetic inheritance, which began with the rediscovery of Mendel’s work in the late 1800s. Despite all he got wrong, Lamarck can be credited with envisioning evolutionary change for the first time. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/history_09