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Re: How The Giraffe Got (or didn't get) Its Long Neck

On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM,  <dinoboygraphics@aol.com> wrote:
>>>> In that pace we will go back to "lamarckism".<<<
> Huh?  You can derive elongate necks that aid in feeding with a Darwinian
> selective regime.  Just because people use the case of giraffe necks to
> contrast Darwinian selection with Lamarckian change (or rather a caricature
> thereof) doesn't imply that both can't be used to explain it (note, I am not
> endorsing Lamarck's ideas, merely agreeing with S.J. Gould that the textbook
> description of his idea is a caricature of the position Lamarck actually
> held).

I'm just kidding. (And the reason for I've used quote marks in
lamarckism is to distinguish it from Lamarck's ideas - continuous
espontaneous generation, phyletic independance, progressive


Roberto Takata