Before darwins research what did most people including Darwin believe about organisms ?
- CowboyLv 62 months ago
Most biologists at the time knew that characters were heritable. Darwin's uncle knew about and believed in mutable species - even wrote a poem about it. And Darwin's coauthor was in the jungles doing field research that lead to their publishing the first paper on biological evolution.
- Gray BoldLv 72 months ago
Evolutionary thought, the recognition that species change over time and the perceived understanding of how such processes work, has roots in antiquity – in the ideas of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese as well as in medieval Islamic science. But, the historian Mary P. Winsor has argued that biologists such as Louis Agassiz in the 19th century believed that taxa such as species and genus were fixed, reflecting the mind of the creator. Some religious opponents of evolution continue to maintain this view of biology.Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_evolution... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essentialism#In_biol...
- YYYZZ 2Lv 72 months ago
Nothing, or very little. In those years people were not as educated as they are today. Those years they had other worries than "organisms".
- DixonLv 72 months ago
I think they believed species stayed the same, although the few that studied nature and biology would have understood that species change over time. They probably also believed God was involved in the creation of life but to some extent that isn't particularly important since Darwin's evolution starts from a context of existing life.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
That God created organisms from scratch
- martinLv 72 months ago
They believed that one specie could not evolve into another specie.
- MattLv 52 months ago
I think most people believed that God created everything until Darwin's theory of evolution and survival of the fittest.