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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Nature   5 November [1880]

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Summary

Sir Wyville Thomson misunderstands natural selection when he says the theory "refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection". CD demurs at the "extreme variation" and the "only". No one has said evolution depends only on natural selection. CD has adduced many facts on the effects of use and disuse and on the direct action of the environment.

Summary

Sir Wyville Thomson misunderstands natural selection when he says the theory "refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection". CD demurs at the "extreme variation" and the "only". No one has said evolution depends only on natural selection. CD has adduced many facts on the effects of use and disuse and on the direct action of the environment.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12800
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Nature
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Nature, 11 November 1880, p. 32

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12800,” accessed on 18 September 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-12800.xml

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