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Charles Lyell



Perhaps, one of the most fascinating -- and a
significantly influential scholar -- figures in early
paleontology history was, indeed, Charles Lyell, who,
with his acceptance of the concept of "natural
selection" in 1868 (the 10th edn. of his PRINCIPLES),
changed the course of American paleontology (Marsh and
Cope both owed much to him, needless to say).  One
overlooked aspect of his thought (most point to his
refutation of Lamarck, forgetting to read all of the
volumes) in the three volume PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY
(1830-1833). The 1832, second volume in particular is
of interest, as Lyell iterates concepts paralleling
ecomorphological frameworks (cf. Walter Bock), the
10th edn. "fleshing out", so to speak, concepts
derived from Alfred Russel Wallace's biogeographical
work. All of this is excellently elucidated in a new
paper by David Wilkinson, Ecology before ecology:
biogeography and ecology in Lyell's 'Principles',
Jour. Biogeography 29(9):1109-1115. 

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