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IN CONTEXT

BRANCH

Biology

BEFORE

1794 Erasmus Darwin (Charles’s grandfather) recounts his vision of evolution in Zoonomia.

1809 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck proposes a form of evolution through the inheritance of acquired characteristics.

AFTER

1937 Theodosius Dobzhansky publishes his experimental evidence for the genetic basis of evolution.

1942 Ernst Mayr defines the concept of species through populations that reproduce only with one another.

1972 Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould propose that evolution occurs mainly in short bursts interspersed with periods of relative stability.

The British naturalist Charles Darwin was by no means the first scientist to ...

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