Important People for Bio
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Purposes show acting geological processes shape the planet
Estimates Earth to be millions of years old, not thousands.
Concludes that if left unchecked humans populations will grow beyond the space and food needed to sustain it.
Darwin realized that this can happen to other populations too.
Publishes his hypothesis of the inheritance of acquired traits
Lamarck's Idea -- organisms have an urge to be complex and perfect. Individual organism change in response to their environment.
Was the first to explain evolution as a natural process, but incorrect about individuals evolving, only populations can evolve.
Concludes that laws of nature are constant over time.
Writes about uniformitarianism, geological process we see today must be the same as ones that shaped the Earth in the past
Darwin on the Beagle
Reads Lyell's book
Experiences an earthquake, and identifies fossils in mtns 1000 ft above sea level
Realizes that Lyell must be correct. If earth changes over time, then life must also change.
Alfred Russel Wallace
Writes to Darwin speculating about evolution by natural selection based on his own observation in the Malay Archipelago.
Publishes the Origin of Species