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Lamarckian inheritanceLamarcksche Vererbung (ger.)

  • The transmission of heritable characters that were acquired during the lifetime of an individual (“acquired characters”) to its offspring.

    The view that specific modifications or ‘acquired characters’ of individuals are inherited by their offspring is also called Lamarckism, Lamarckian Inheritance, or Neo-Lamarckism. […] Lamarckian inheritance is often emphasized in opposition to natural selection.

    Lloyd Morgan, C.L. & Baldwin, J.M. (1901). Lamarckism. In: Baldwin, J.M. (ed.). Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology, vol. 1: 617.


    The writers of this school, however, either hold to Lamarckian inheritance (Eimer), to a form of self-development (Driesch, called ‘auto-regulation’ and ‘auto-determination’ by Delage), or to Intraselection (a term of Weismann’s) considered as repeating its results anew in each generation (Roux, Delage).

    Baldwin, J.M. (1902). Development and Evolution: 183.


    the tendency to react exhibited by the parent is transmitted, and if the tendency is exceptionally great a fals suggestion of a Lamarckian inheritance can readily result.

    Lankester, E.R. (1906). [Inaugural address to the York Meeting of the British Association]. Nature 74, 321-334: 330.