Direct Impact of the Environment on Evolution and the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics

  • Igor Popov


Speculations about a direct effect of the environment on evolutionary changes are closely associated with orthogenesis because accusations of Lamarckism were have often been directed at its supporters. At the same time, the ideas of Lamarck and his followers were discredited by the idea of the “inheritance of acquired characteristics”. This seems to be a firmly established fallacy. Lamarck indeed wrote about exercises and action of the environment upon evolution but never used the terms “heredity” or “inheritance”.


Inheritance Action of environment Lamarckism Evolution Change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Popov
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  1. 1.Saint Petersburg State University, N. N. Petrov Research Institute of OncologySaint PetersburgRussia

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