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Experimental EvolutionConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments$
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Theodore

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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Darwin’s Other Mistake

Darwin’s Other Mistake

Chapter:
(p.2) (p.3) 1 Darwin’s Other Mistake
Source:
Experimental Evolution
Author(s):

Michael R. Rose

Theodore Garland, Jr.

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0001

Darwin's erroneous reasoning concerning heredity was influenced by his gradualist prejudices. This style of thinking prevented Darwin from giving appropriate attention to the hypothesis of discrete inheritance, leading evolutionary biology up a blind alley of blending inheritance. Darwin's other mistake also came from his gradualist preconceptions. Darwin repeatedly emphasized that natural selection acts only by slow accretion and is slow, which implies that natural selection is difficult to observe. This book emphasizes that the Darwinian inhibition about experimental research on evolution should now be resolutely discarded. Its goal is to foster selection experiments and experimental evolution as a central component of evolutionary biology.

Keywords:   heredity, discrete inheritance, evolutionary biology, natural selection, selection experiments, experimental evolution

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