Charles Darwin believed behaviors a parent learned during his or her lifetime could be passed to children. Many scientists of the time believed that. It was called “Lamarckism” after Lamarck who first proposed the theory.
Later, the Neo-Darwinists laughed Lamarckism right out of the academy. “Silly Lamarck, he didn’t know that DNA mutations are all accidental.” Lamarck was scorned for 100 years.
Turns out both Darwin and Lamarck were right! And as you see in this PBS video, your body is capable of passing an amazing set of adaptations to your children, as epigenetics adapts to situations in real time.
Epigenetics is HOT. It is fast revolutionizing the science of evolution, genetics, and nutrition.