The variation of animals and plants under domestication charles darwin
The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol 2 by Charles DarwinCharles Darwin was a well-known English geologist and naturalist. He is best known for his scientific theories and contributions to evolutionary theory. Arguably his most important work was his essay entitled On the Origin of Species which essay argued that populations of species evolve through generations as a result of the process of natural selection. His two book series entitled The Variations of Animals and Plants Under Domestication offers profound insight into the beliefs and evidence that established the basis for Darwins work on evolution and the study of biology.
The domestication of animals and the domestication of plants is thoroughly explored in this book, along with Darwins theory of heredity which discusses the passing of traits from parents or ancestor onto offspring. This theory was termed, and may be more popularly known as, pangenesis. Darwins work with heredity is known across the globe, as he established that all species have descended, over time, from common ancestors. This concept links back to his work on natural selection as each new branch of offspring evolves beyond the traits of the common ancestor.
The Variations of Animals and Plants Under Domestication is an intriguing book for anyone interested in Charles Darwin and his work on biology and evolution theory. For those interested in domestication and naturalism, this book is a must read, but its also highly recommended for scholars of science and students of history as the book gives an exciting glimpse into a special period in time when evolutionary theories were the cutting-edge of scientific study.
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The Variation Of Animals and Plants Under Domestication
London: John Murray, Darwin showed that breeders indeed selected from a vast array of minute random variations. He gave numerous instances of the causes of variability, including the direct effect of the conditions of life, reversion, the effects of use and disuse, saltation, prepotency, and correlated growth. The most recent presentation copy on the market was offered by 19 th Century Shop in Cat. He owned a number of books on evolution, including several others by Darwin. On The Origin of Species was only an abstract of the long manuscript Darwin had begun writing on 14 May which he originally intended to complete and publish as the formal presentation of his views on evolution. Compared with the Origin, this work, which was to be titled Natural Selection , has more abundant examples in illustration of Darwin's argument plus an extensive citation of sources.
Sources Discussion Questions Experiment. Throughout his working life, Darwin retained an interest in the history, techniques, practices, and processes of domestication. Artificial selection, as practiced by plant and animal breeders in the mid-nineteenth century, offered a ready and obvious model of how speciation under natural selection may have taken place. Therefore, Darwin studied the work of cattle, sheep, and dog breeders. Additionally, Darwin corresponded with humble pigeon fanciers and famous botanists alike, including W. Darwin homed in on pigeons as a prime example of the processes of speciation and of the extent of variation among domestic species. From his correspondence on the subject, we learn that Darwin himself bred pigeons in an effort to understand the process and the extent of variation under domestication.
Showing best matches Show all copies. What makes Biblio different? Facebook Instagram Twitter. Sign In Register Help Cart. Cart items. Toggle navigation. A large proportion of the book contains detailed information on the domestication of animals and plants but it also contains in Chapter XXVII a description of Darwin's theory of heredity which he called pangenesis.
A large proportion of the book contains detailed information on the domestication of animals and plants but it also contains in Chapter XXVII a description of Darwin's theory of heredity which he called pangenesis. Darwin had been working for two years on his "big book" on Natural Selection, when on 18 June he received a parcel from Alfred Wallace , who was then living in Borneo.,