Thursday, June 14, 2012
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was very influential in darwin's theory of natural selection. Lamarck studied the invertebrates and was the first of his time to really study this. His studied allowed him to see that there was an inheritance of acquired traits, the idea of heredity. Though Lamarck, had these great ideas, he never was credited until after his death. Lamarck helped add to Darwin's theory, through the idea that traits could only evolve if they were heretiable. Lamarck saw that insects and worms had traits that could pass onto further generations, but Darwin took that idea and expanded on it making it creditable. Lamarck had a very positive effect on Darwin's theory, helping him build on Lamarck's idea, if it was not for Lamarck I dont think Darwin could fully ever discover his theory correct. This is because Lamarck got people to start looking at the changes of organic and inorganic, if it wasn't for him, Darwin would have never even looked at the possibilities of there being any change. The attitude of the church on Darwin's finding was very shunned, the church found anything out of line of religious and biblical writings against them. So when Darwin published his book, On the origin of species, people were reluctant to actually pursue his ideas or further look into it. People were scared to agree with it because they did not want the church to punish them.