Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Darwinian Revolution

Change in the world view of many biologists as the result of the nonteleological nineteenth century argument by Charles Darwin, i.e. Darwinism, that organisms change through time owing to descent with modification (transmutation, now evolution), and that the mechanisms include natural selection and sexual selection. The incorporation of Mendelism and the addition of several other mechanisms (neo-Darwinism) is sometimes included in an extended view.

See paradigm shift.

Cf. second Darwinian revolution.

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