Lamarck La·marck (lə-märk', lä-), Chevalier de Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet. 1744-1829.
French naturalist noted for his theories on evolution by adaptative modification and for classifying animals into vertebrates and invertebrates.
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French naturalist who introduced the taxonomic distinction between vertebrates and invertebrates. His theory that the acquired characteristics of a species could be inherited by later generations was a forerunner to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, although it was eventually discredited.