50 things every biologist should know

Des Higgins dazzhiggins at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 14 04:12:15 EST 2005


"Joe Felsenstein" <joe at removethispart.gs.washington.edu> wrote in message
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> Jeff Houlahan  <jeffhoul at unbsj.ca> wrote:
>>31.  What is meant by the inheritance of acquired traits, who made this
>>claim, and why was he wrong?
>
> Must not have been Lamarck, since he simply accepted the everyday
> observation
> of his day that acquired traits are then inherited.  Everybody knew that,
> and they would have been astonished to hear someone say that Lamarck had
> originated that notion.
>

I remember trying to explain to my mother what I worked on.  She had left
school when she was 14 and I tried to frame it in terms of inheritence; she
paused and said: "like when uncle Jim died and we inherited his piano".
I hesitated and just said yes.  It was a kind of inheritence of acquired
wealth.

Des


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