Item #11260 Choosing Selection: The Revival of Natural Selection in Anglo-American Evolutionary Biology, 1930-1970. Stephen G. Brush.

Choosing Selection: The Revival of Natural Selection in Anglo-American Evolutionary Biology, 1930-1970

Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2009.

Paperback. 10" X 6 1/4". 183pp. Mild rubbing, creasing, and shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of pictorial paper wraps. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

ABOUT THIS BOOK:
This book describes the establishment of the hypothesis that Charles Darwin s natural selection, reformulated by Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher, J.B.S. Haldane, and S. Wright in the light of Mendelian genetics, is the primary or exclusive mechanism for biological evolution. During the 1930s, alternatives such as Lamarchism, macromutations, and orthogenesis were rejected in favor of natural selection acting on small mutations, but there were disagreements about the role of random genetic drift in evolution. By the 1950s, research by Theodosius T.G. Dobzhansky, E.B. Ford, and others persuaded leading evolutionists that natural selection was so powerful that drift was generally unimportant. This conclusion was accepted by most; however, a significant minority of biology textbooks and popular articles mentioned drift in the late 1960s.(Publisher). Good +. Item #11260
ISBN: 9781606189931

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