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Contributions to the theory of evolution by the forerunners of Darwin

J. H. Swanepoel
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 10, No 1 | a479 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v10i1.479 | © 1991 J. H. Swanepoel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 July 1991 | Published: 08 July 1991

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J. H. Swanepoel,, South Africa

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A review of the literature with respect to ideas and hypotheses on evolution, prior to Darwin’s Origin of Species, reveals that many biologists long before Darwin postulated theories similar to his natural selection theory. The relation between phylogenetic classification and evolution, as well as the epigenetic theory of evolution, was postulated nearly fifty years be­fore Darwin. With this review of the literature an attempt is made to put Darwin and his forerunners in a better perspective with each other.


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