Samuel Erasmus Wolfe was an expert on weird fauna and cryprozoology. He was a contemporary of Huxley (1825-1895) and Wilberforce (1805-1873).
He wrote, Exotica, which is described as being one of the few legitimate works of cryptozoology, and The Role of Magic in Inducing Pseudo Lamarckian Inheritance which was never published due to Wolfe bing eaten by a shark before he could finish it. In it Wolfe writes that, "Exposure to magic can induce changes in an organism which could then be inherited by its offspring." This is known as soft inheritance, and as Peter Grant notes, is not borne out it typical biology.
- The Role of Magic in Inducing Pseudo Lamarckian Inheritance