The Development of Francis Galton's Ideas on the Mechanism of Heredity

  title={The Development of Francis Galton's Ideas on the Mechanism of Heredity},
  author={Michael G. Bulmer},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • M. Bulmer
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Galton greeted Darwin's theory of pangenesis with enthusiasm, and tried to test the assumption that the hereditary particles circulate in the blood by transfusion experiments on rabbits. The failure of these experiments led him to reject this assumption, and in the 1870s he developed an alternative theory of heredity, which incorporated those parts of Darwin's theory that did not involve the transportation of hereditary particles throughout the system. He supposed that the fertilized ovum… 

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