French Roots of French Neo-Lamarckisms, 1879–1985

  title={French Roots of French Neo-Lamarckisms, 1879–1985},
  author={Laurent Loison},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • Laurent Loison
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
This essay attempts to describe the neo-Lamarckian atmosphere that was dominant in French biology for more than a century. Firstly, we demonstrate that there were not one but at least two French neo-Lamarckian traditions. This implies, therefore, that it is possible to propose a clear definition of a (neo)Lamarckian conception, and by using it, to distinguish these two traditions. We will see that these two conceptions were not dominant at the same time. The first French neo-Lamarckism (1879… Expand
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