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Germinal Selection: A Weismannian Solution to Lamarckian Problematics (2011)


This chapter analyzes August Weismann's theory of germinal selection—a process of competition and selection among the hereditary units within the germplasm. He argued that the germ line was not affected by the changes undergone by the somatic cells during the organism's lifetime and that heritable adaptive evolutionary changes resulted from the operation of natural selection on individuals, a form of selection that he called “personal selection”. The chapter examines the problems that challenged Weismann's original focus on personal selection and explains how he interpreted them in terms of his germinal selection theory.

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Book Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hall, Brian K.
Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt
Martins, Lilian A.-C. Pereira
Parker, W. Newton
Weismann, August
Rönnfeldt, Harriet
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Historia de Ciência
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Oxford University Press
University of California, Davis
Princeton University
Natural selection
Weismann, August
Darwin, Charles Robert
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Galton, Francis
Spencer, Herbert
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Great Britain
United States
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century

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