Understanding through Discussion


Welcome! You are not logged in. [ Login ]
EvC Forum active members: 65 (9077 total)
112 online now:
Minnemooseus (Adminnemooseus) (1 member, 111 visitors)
Newest Member: Contrarian
Post Volume: Total: 894,058 Year: 5,170/6,534 Month: 13/577 Week: 1/80 Day: 1/11 Hour: 0/0


Thread  Details

Email This Thread
Newer Topic | Older Topic
  
Author Topic:   Darwin- would he have changed his theory?
KCdgw
Inactive Member


Message 6 of 195 (118230)
06-24-2004 10:40 AM
Reply to: Message 5 by Mammuthus
06-24-2004 4:05 AM


I don't think knowing Mendel's work would have helped Darwin much. Just look at the mess it caused at the turn of the century. What genetics did for Darwin wasn't apparent until the 1920's and 30's, when Fisher, Haldane and Wright showed how selection acted on genes in populations. By showing that even slight selective advantages could produce significant changes in the genetic structure of populations over time, Darwin's idea of gradual change was saved from being thrown out altogether.

KC


This message is a reply to:
 Message 5 by Mammuthus, posted 06-24-2004 4:05 AM Mammuthus has replied

Replies to this message:
 Message 13 by Mammuthus, posted 07-02-2004 6:23 AM KCdgw has replied

  
KCdgw
Inactive Member


Message 14 of 195 (122700)
07-07-2004 11:58 AM
Reply to: Message 13 by Mammuthus
07-02-2004 6:23 AM


quote:
Perhaps not Mendel's work specifically, but if he had known of genetics and DNA as the mode of transmission of variation, it would have filled in some gaps. However, it would not have changed his theory.

Agreed.

KC


This message is a reply to:
 Message 13 by Mammuthus, posted 07-02-2004 6:23 AM Mammuthus has taken no action

  
Newer Topic | Older Topic
Jump to:


Copyright 2001-2018 by EvC Forum, All Rights Reserved

™ Version 4.1
Innovative software from Qwixotic © 2022