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Darwin's Biological Work: Some Aspects Reconsidered

Edited By: P R Bell

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2012 | #195237 | ISBN-13: 9781107697157
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This collection of essays demonstrates the width of Darwin's interests and ability as a biologist. The theory of evolution by natural selection was, of course, his most important achievement and is covered in three of the essays: Wilkie presents Darwin's theory in its historical setting and relates it to the earlier work by Buffon and Lamarck; Haldane discusses the theory of evolution by natural selection, as postulated by Darwin, and assesses its validity in the light of subsequent research; and Challinor considers the apparent discrepancy between some of the fossil evidence and Darwin's theory, a problem which Darwin himself appreciated and discussed in The Origin of Species. The other essays deal with subjects about which Darwin wrote separate books. The essay by Bell is concerned with the movement of plants in response to light; that by Marler with communication between animals and that by Whitehouse with cross- and self-fertilization in plants.


List of plates

1. The movement of plants in response to light P. R. Bell
2. Palaeontology and evolution J. Challenor
3. Natural selection J. B. S. Haldane
4. Developments in the study of animal communication P. Marler
5. Cross- and self-fertilization in plants H. L. K. Whitehouse
6. Buffon, Lamarck and Darwin: the originality of Darwin's theory of evolution J. S. Wilkie

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