Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis—A precursor of Mendel?

  title={Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis—A precursor of Mendel?},
  author={I. Sandler},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • I. Sandler
  • Published 1983
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
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