Perhaps very loosely, but Lamarck's theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics didn't distinguish such subtleties as epigenetics does. So, although there may be some similarity in terms of inheritence that is not dependent on DNA structure alone, Lamarckism, per se, simply didn't account for genetic inheritance at all.Monique said:I think that epigenetics follows his line of thought:
Yep, Lamarkianism pre-dated genetics. There was an ugly, yet effective experiment used to disprove Lamarkianism in which the researcher cut the tails off many generations of mice and showed that there was no inherited reduction in tail length. (I forget who/when...I read it in Carl Zimmer's book "Evolution, The Triumph of an Idea", which I don't have with me at the moment.)Moonbear said:The entire field of genetics refutes it.