Influence of Darwin's Ideas on the Study of Evolution

Provine, William B.
June 1982
BioScience;Jun1982, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p501
Academic Journal
Darwin's On the Origin of Species convinced the western world of the fact of evolution. His theory of natural selection, however, was received more hesitantly. Ignorance of the mechanism of heredity, difficulties with understanding the nature of variation in natural populations, and lack of evidence contributed to formation of the opposition. Arguments concerning the continuous or, alternatively, the discontinuous nature of evolution have permeated the history of controversy in evolutionary theory. (Accepted for publication 5 March 1982)


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