Evolutionary Ideas: The Eclipse of Darwinism
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Bowler, P. J. 2001. Evolutionary Ideas: The Eclipse of Darwinism. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Following the acceptance of evolutionism, biologists tried – with limited success – to reconstruct the history of life on Earth, and also debated the mechanism of evolution. Many alternatives to Darwinian natural selection were tried out, including a revived version of Lamarck's theory of the inheritance of acquired characters, and evolution by saltations (which paved the way for Mendelian genetics).