Monday, November 3, 2014

My Year of Darwin 11/03/2014: Yes, Darwin, there is doubt: use and disuse

 Charles Darwin

"I think there can be little doubt that use in our domestic animals strengthens and enlarges certain parts, and disuse diminishes them; and that such modifications are inherited." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

Lamarkian evolution, at least how Darwin was thinking about it, is not well supported. I'm surprised that Darwin himself didn't experiment on this. Did he take it as a given? Unlikely. The classic experiment is the tail-cutting experiments of August Weismann, who removed the tails of mice for five generations only to see that this had no effect on the length of tails of mice over time.

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