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ERIC Number: EJ996935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Darwin's Invention: Inheritance & the "Mad Dream" of Pangenesis
McComas, William F.
American Biology Teacher, v74 n2 p86-91 Feb 2012
This article recounts the story of the development of pangenesis, a principle proposed by Charles Darwin to describe the rules of inheritance and the source of new variation, two concepts vital to his proposal of evolution by natural selection. Historical accounts such as this are infrequently included in texts and classroom discussions but can serve a number of useful proposes. Pangenesis was ultimately shown to be an inaccurate idea, and one of Darwin's few errors, but this account is an interesting case study to illustrate both how science itself works and a rare glimpse into Darwin's thinking and personality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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