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Evolution Before Darwin: Theories of the Transmutation of Species in Edinburgh, 1804–1834

Bill Jenkins


It was long believed that evolutionary theories received an almost universally cold reception in British natural history circles in the first half of the nineteenth century. But recently serious doubt has been cast on this assumption. This book will be the first major study of what was the most important centre or pre-Darwinian evolutionary thought in the British Isles. It shows that Edinburgh in the late 1820s and early 1830s was witness to a veritable ferment of radical new ideas on the natural world, including speculation on the origin and evolution of life, at just the time when Charles Da ... More

Keywords: Evolution, Transformism, Natural history, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Lamarckians, Charles Darwin, Robert Jameson, Robert Grant, Robert Knox

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474445788
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bill Jenkins, author
University of Edinburgh