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Lamarckian Inheritance

  1. Peter J Bowler

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005877



How to Cite

Bowler, P. J. 2006. Lamarckian Inheritance. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Queen's University, Belfast, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Lamarckian inheritance requires the hereditary transmission of characters acquired by the organism in the course of its adult life, usually through the adoption of new habits in a new environment. Although widely accepted in the nineteenth century, it has been rejected by modern geneticists.


  • Lamarckism;
  • acquired characteristics;
  • use inheritance;
  • soft heredity