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Mendel Palimpsest

Jan Sapp

in Genesis

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156195
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.003.0011
 Mendel Palimpsest

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This chapter focuses on the contribution of Austrian monk Johan Gregor Mendel, one of the greatest legends in the history of science. Three moments in this man's history and legacy are extraordinary. The first is that in the 1860s he discovered the laws governing the inheritance of individual characters; second, that the scientific world failed to recognize the monumental importance of these findings during his lifetime; and third, the remarkable rediscovery in 1900 of what came to be called Mendel's laws. Mendel's experiments provided the foundation for a chain of scientific research that led to the Darwinian evolutionary synthesis of the 1930s and 1940s and to spectacular accomplishments of contemporary molecular biologists.

Keywords: Johan Gregor Mendel; heredity; natural selection; Mendel's laws; Darwin; evolutionary theory; evolution

Chapter.  6057 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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