, Volume 45, Issue 3-4, pp 185-193

The Lamarckian Cradle of Scientific Ecology

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Abstract

Historians of science generally consider that Darwinism has played an important part in the birth of scientific ecology. Now most 19th century seminal works of the new discipline have been elaborated within a Lamarckian framework. The source of this paradox lies in the double-content of the adaptation concept, considered as a static phenomenon by the ecologists and as a dynamic process by the evolutionists. Although closely related nowadays, as shown by modern evolutionary ecology, the problematics of the fields of research at issue were initially separated.

This revised version was published online in June 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.