Lamarck's scientific theories were largely ignored or attacked during his lifetime; Lamarck never won the acceptance and esteem of his colleagues Buffon and Cuvier, and he died in poverty and obscurity. Today, the name of Lamarck is associated merely with a discredited theory of heredity, the "inheritance of acquired traits." However, Charles Darwin, Lyell, Haeckel, and other early evolutionists acknowledged him as a great zoologist and as a forerunner of evolution.
In Our Time: Lamarck and Natural Selection
BBC Radio 4 discussion of Lamark's important contribution to the development of evolutionary theory.
Jean Baptiste Lamarck (1744 - 1829)
Provides information and biographical details of this biologist whose scientific theories were largely ignored or attacked during his lifetime.
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