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Why Did the Modern Synthesis Give Short Shrift to “Soft Inheritance”? (2011)

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This chapter presents three important reasons why evolutionary biologists dismissed Lamarckism or soft inheritance from the Modern Synthesis. The first is the legacy of adhering to August Weismann's ideas of the separation of germ line and soma. The second is the absence, from the 1920s through the 1940s, of convincing for strong evidence for the inheritance of acquired characteristics. The third reason came from the assumptions of population and quantitative genetics, which were developing at the time.

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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.
Loison, Laurent
Echeverria, Begona
Harman, Oren Solomon
Churchill, Frederick B.
Smit, Harry
Journals
Journal of the History of Biology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Archives of Natural History
Biological Theory
Publishers
Vuibert
University of Chicago
University of California, Riverside
Concepts
Evolution
Biology
Genetics
Modern Synthesis (biology)
Darwinism
Lamarckism
People
Weismann, August
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Gulick, John Thomas
Darlington, Cyril Dean
Maupas, Emile
Butschli, Otto
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
Places
France
United States
Moscow (Russia)
Europe
Germany
Great Britain
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