Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Year of Darwin: 8/9/2014 All heritable variation is important

 Charles Darwin

"[Any variation which is not inherited is unimportant for us.] But the number and diversity of inheritable deviations of structure, both those of slight and those of considerable physiological importance, is endless" Charles Darwin, Origin of Species

Maternal effects are the exception to the rule that only inherited variation is important but this adds to natural selection rather than taking away to the theory. Here he is pointing out the importance of inherited variation, however slight. 

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