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    • July 1982
    • 9780231054751
  • 364 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $45.00

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Genetics and the Origin of Species

Theodosius Dobzhansky. Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould

Featuring an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould, "Genetics and the Origin of Species" presents the first edition of Dobzhansky's groundbreaking and now classic inquiry into what has emerged as the most important single area of scientific inquiry in the twentieth century: biological theory of evolution. Genetics and the Origin of Species went through three editions (1937, 1941, and 1951) in which the importance accorded natural selection changed radically.

About the Author

In 1936, nearly ten years after his Russian emigration, Theodosius Dobzhansky attempted the first synthesis of evolutionary semantics and experimental genetics. His lectures at Columbia University from that time became Genetics and the Origin of Species- a long argument for a general attitude toward nature and a specific approach that unified the disparate elements of evolutionary theory.

ORGANIC DIVERSITY 3 GENE MUTATION 15 MUTATION AS A BASIS FOR RACIAL AND SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES 39 CHROMOSOMAL CHANGES 73 VARIATION IN NATURAL POPULATIONS 118 SELECTION 149 POLYPLOIDY 192 ISOLATING MECHANISMS 228 HYBRID STERILITY 259 SPECIES AS NATURAL UNITS 303 LITERATURE 323 INDEX 353