Timeline If Evolution

Date | Event |
610-546 B.C | Greek philosopher Anaximander suggests that all life-forms evolved from fish in the seas and went through a process of modification once they were established on land. |
1735 | A new naming system

Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, published Systema Naturae, which includes the common modern naming system which laid the foundations for taxonomy. Later he suggested that plants descend from a common ancestor. |
1767 | Birth of paleontology

Georges Cuvier, a highly respected French scientist, was born, He is known as the father of Paleontology. Also well known for his denial of any sort of evolutionary theory, by his study of the fossil record. |
1795 | Geologic time and gradualism

James Hutton, a Scottish scientist and physician, published a set of theories explaining the geology of the Earth, among them the concept of geologic (or "deep") time, and that the Earth gradually changes over time. |
1798 | Population studies

Thomas Robert Malthus publishes the first edition of "An Essay on the Principle of Population." After much refinement, the 6th edition of this book was cited by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in development of the theory of natural selection. He theorized that continued population growth would outgrow current resources. |
1809 | First theory of evolution published

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French naturalist, published his theory of evolution. His theory was that evolution occurred through the inheritance of acquired characteristics, or the use/disuse theory. |
1830 | New thoughts on geology

Charles Lyell publishes "Principles of Geology." This pushed a uniformitarian view of geology, or the theory that forces in the past are the same as forces in the present, and that we can use the forces present today to infer things about the past.( a formative influence on Darwin's thinking about the gradualism of natural processes as can be witnessed in the Grand Canyon) |
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