Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Acquired Characteristic

Refers to the outdated Lamarckian concept of transformism, in which phenotypic modifications arise solely through environmental influences on the developmental processes of an organism; some proponents believe that such characters can be passed on to the next generation, now largely discredited. Aka use inheritance, use - disuse, and soft inheritance.

See adaptation, Baldwin effect, evolution, Lamarckism, and Lysenkoism.

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