The lure of Lamarck was exemplified most strikingly in the case of Viennese biologist Paul Kammerer and the unhappy affair of the “midwife toad.”
This form of objection left the door ajar to the kind of “hybrid” interpretation favored by some in both Britain and America in the later Victorian period.
“Scholars have wasted their time trying to exonerate Darwin of responsibility for Social Darwinism, for he was a Social Darwinist.”
All the evidence points to Darwin as a generally healthy man with a strong, active libido, normal sexual function, and prodigious fertility.
February is Black History Month, and this week, Friday, February 12, is Darwin Day — the birthday of Charles Darwin.