Carolus Linnaeus first published his book about the classification system for all living things, Systema Naturae. In this book he described plant and animal reproduction methods and their physical appearance.
Pierre Louis Maupertuis
Wrote about natural modification and reproduction over many generations, producing new species and races. All a concept of natural selection.
He belived in the concept of "pre-formation", where females carry an identical miniature form of future generations.
He described a geologic process called "deep time". He was also included in the plutonism and uniformitarianism theories.
Leclerc published a 44 volume encyclopedia describing everything he knew about the natural world. He also discussed the similarities and common ancestry of humans and apes.
He published Zoönomia in which he suggested that "all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament".
Malthus observed that plants and animals produced way more offspring than could survive. He concluded that unless family size was controlled, population growth would increase and food supply would decrease.
Lamarck believed in altered behavior, the belief that changes in the enviornment caused the needs of organisms to change as well. He also stated that all changes were inheritable, which proved to be false.
His book Natural Theology was written in response to Erasmus Darwin's ideas of transmutation in species.
William Charles Wells
He talked about the evolution of humans and the principle of natural selection infront of the Royal Selection.
New Evolutionary Theory
Darwin and Wallace publish a new evolutionary theory explaining common descent and the tree of life. This theory was based on natural selection.
Thomas Henry Huxley
He was a British anatomist who was one of the most important naturalists to be convinced by the origin of evolution.
He became known as the founder of genetics. He used pea plants to show inheritance, referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance.
Wegener's first edition of The Origin of Continents and Oceans was published explaining his theory of "continental drift". He claimed a single mass of land had formed together, called Pangaea that had been slowly seperating.
He applied statistical analysis to real-world examples of natural selection. He used moths to show that natural selection worked at a fast rate.
He introduced adaptive landscape. He believed genetic drift and inbreeding could drive a small population away from an adaptive peak, allowing it to drive towards natural selection.
He helped bring together microevolution and macroevolution in his book, Genetics and the Origin of Species.
He argued that when the molecular clock is at it's least, most genetic mutations aren't harmful or helpful. Also mutation and genetic drift causes a large portion of genetic change.
Leigh Van Valen
He described that a species involved in one or more evolutionary arms races would need to be constantly changing in order to keep up with the species it was co-evolving.
He was a key founder of theoretical biology. He also made many contributions to biomathematics, complex systems and generative models in developmental biology.