Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Lamarckian (Vestigial) Evolutionary Theory
At the very beginning of the book, Coyne establishes the basis of modern evolutionary theory (Coyne 1-19). On the other hand, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, one of the “evolutionist biologists” prior to Darwin, proposed his own theory of evolution that has been overwritten with Darwin’s theory. First, describe the two key parts that make up Lamarckian evolution. Then, compare and contrast how these two parts relate to the six parts that compose the modern theory of evolution as described by Coyne. Predict why these two parts could have been more acceptable in a historical context over Darwin’s theory of evolution immediately after the publication of The Origin of Species.Finally, using examples from Why Evolution is True and outside research, briefly describe how either part or both parts of Lamarckian evolution can be disproven using this information.