Which supports Darwin's theory of evolution more? Blending inheritance or particulate inheritance?
- Ted KLv 74 weeks ago
Blending inheritance was found (by Mendel) to not occur, whereas particulate inheritance did, leading to Mendel formulating his laws of independent segregation and assortment of genetic characters. Darwin knew nothing of Mendel's work, and so he himself invoked "blending" to explain inheritance. He was wrong, although his being wrong in that did not invalidate his proposal of natural seleciton
It wasn't until Mendel's findings were "rediscovered" and confirmed by geneticists in the late 19th/early 20th Century, that it was found that his results were entirely consistent with Darwin's proposed mechanism of natural selection. Combining them played a huge role in the development of the so-called "neo-Darwinian synthesis."
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Blending inheritance would make evolution difficult.