The History and Reception of Charles Darwin’s Hypothesis of Pangenesis

  title={The History and Reception of Charles Darwin’s Hypothesis of Pangenesis},
  author={K. Holterhoff},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • K. Holterhoff
  • Published 2014
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
This paper explores Charles Darwin’s hypothesis of pangenesis through a popular and professional reception history. First published in The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (1868), pangenesis stated that inheritance can be explained by sub-cellular “gemmules” which aggregated in the sexual organs during intercourse. Pangenesis thereby accounted for the seemingly arbitrary absence and presence of traits in offspring while also clarifying some botanical and invertebrates’ limb… Expand
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