Evolutionary Ideas: The Modern Synthesis

Abstract

By the middle decades of the twentieth century a synthesis between Mendelian genetics and the Darwinian selection theory had emerged that attracted the support of the majority of evolutionary biologists. The genetical theory of natural selection was applied to field studies and palaeontology, giving rise to disagreements among biologists and historians over the nature and ultimate impact of the synthesis.

Keywords: Darwinism; evolutionary synthesis; natural selection; population genetics; speciation

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Bowler, Peter J(Apr 2001) Evolutionary Ideas: The Modern Synthesis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001694]