Darwin on Variation and Heredity

  title={Darwin on Variation and Heredity},
  author={Rasmus Gr{\o}nfeldt Winther},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • R. Winther
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Darwin’s ideas on variation, heredity, and development differ significantly from twentieth-century views. First, Darwin held that environmental changes, acting either on the reproductive organs or the body, were necessary to generate variation. Second, heredity was a developmental, not a transmissional, process; variation was a change in the developmental process of change.An analysis of Darwin’s elaboration and modification of these two positions from his early notebooks (1836–1844) to the… 
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