The Synthesis and Species

John S. Wilkins

in Species

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260856
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945074 | DOI:
The Synthesis and Species

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This chapter discusses the beginnings of the modern synthesis and modern species debate. Ronald A. Fisher is famous as the founder of the modern synthesis between Mendelian genetics and Darwinian natural selection. His work, Genetical Theory of Natural Selection introduced mathematical models to genetics and selection and addressed questions about species in the context of sexual and asexual reproduction. Theodosius Dobzhansky's essay, “A Critique of the Species Concept in Biology,” marked the beginnings of the modern species debate. Dobzhansky introduced two innovations in the debate: the idea of species as evolutionary players, and the idea that genetic exchange marked out these players.

Keywords: synthesis; species; Ronald A. Fisher; genetics; natural selection; Genetical Theory of Natural Selection; Theodosius Dobzhansky; species concept

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Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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