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What role did the Comte de Buffon play in the Theory of Evolution?

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, was one of the first scientists in the 1700s to suggest that species could evolve and change depending on a number of factors. The scientist was also one of the earliest to suggest that the Earth was much older than the 6,000 years that some people suspected it to be.

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Leclerc stated that he felt there were a number of influences that could cause a species to change. These included the species environment and changes to location among several that were put forward. He was also a supporter of the classification system for the various species, though he stated a species was only those that could reproduce successfully.

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