Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution: the Lamarckian Dimension

Eva Jablonka, Marion J Lamb

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Does the inheritance of acquired characteristics play a significant role in evolution? In this book, Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb attempt to answer that question with an original, provocative exploration of the nature and origin of hereditary variations. Starting with a historical account
of Lamarck's ideas and the reasons they have fallen in disrepute, the authors go on to challenge the prevailing assumption that all heritable variation is random and the result of variation in DNA base sequences. They also detail recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms
underlying inheritance--including several pathways not envisioned by classical population genetics--and argue that these advances need to be more fully incorporated into mainstream evolutionary theory. Throughout, the book offers a new look at the evidence for and against the hereditability of
environmentally induced changes, and addresses timely questions about the importance of non-Mendelian inheritance. A glossary and extensive list of references round out the book. Urging a reconsideration of the present DNA-centric view prevalent in the field, Epigentic Inheritance and Evolution
will make fascinating and important reading for students and researchers in evolution, genetics, ecology, molecular biology, developmental biology, and the history and philosophy of science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages346
ISBN (Print)0198540620
StatePublished - 1995

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Genetics
  • Inheritance of acquired characters
  • Animal evolution
  • Animals -- Evolution
  • Biological evolution
  • Darwinism -- Evolution (Biology)
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Evolutionary science
  • Origin of species
  • Species, Origin of
  • Acquired characters, Heredity of
  • Acquired characters, Inheritance of
  • Heredity of acquired characters


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