Key Player's Contribution to Evolution

Timeline created by lakenconrad14 in Science and Technology
Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
Linnaeus Carolus Linnaeus 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.
Pierrelouismaupertuis Pierre Louis Maupertuis Wrote about natural modification and reproduction over many generations, producing new species and races. All a concept of natural selection.
225px charlesbonnet Charles Bonnet He belived in the concept of "pre-formation", where females carry an identical miniature form of future generations.
James%20hutton James Hutton He described a geologic process called "deep time". He was also included in the plutonism and uniformitarianism theories.
Buffon1 Georges-Louis Leclerc 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.
Erasmus%20darwin Erasmus Darwin He published Zoönomia in which he suggested that "all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament".
Dilemma Thomas Malthus 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 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck 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.
Transmutation William Paley His book Natural Theology was written in response to Erasmus Darwin's ideas of transmutation in species.
Images William Charles Wells He talked about the evolution of humans and the principle of natural selection infront of the Royal Selection.
Tree%20of%20life 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.
Huxley Thomas Henry Huxley He was a British anatomist who was one of the most important naturalists to be convinced by the origin of evolution.
Gregor%20mendel Gregor Mendel He became known as the founder of genetics. He used pea plants to show inheritance, referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance.
Alfred Alfred Wegener 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.
150px j  b  s  haldane J.B.S. Haldane He applied statistical analysis to real-world examples of natural selection. He used moths to show that natural selection worked at a fast rate.
150px sewall wright Sewall Wright, 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.
Chetverikov Sergei Chetverikov. He helped bring together microevolution and macroevolution in his book, Genetics and the Origin of Species.
Motoo kimura Motoo Kimura 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.
220px dogvalen obit popup 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.
220px briansmall Brian Goodwin He was a key founder of theoretical biology. He also made many contributions to biomathematics, complex systems and generative models in developmental biology.