Inheritance Systems and the Extended Synthesis

Eva Jablonka, Marion J Lamb

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Current knowledge of the genetic, epigenetic, behavioural and symbolic systems of inheritance requires a revision and extension of the mid-twentieth-century, gene-based, 'Modern Synthesis' version of Darwinian evolutionary theory. We present the case for this by first outlining the history that led to the neo-Darwinian view of evolution. In the second section we describe and compare different types of inheritance, and in the third discuss the implications of a broad view of heredity for various aspects of evolutionary theory. We end with an examination of the philosophical and conceptual ramifications of evolutionary thinking that incorporates multiple inheritance systems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages87
ISBN (Electronic)1108685412, 1108716024
ISBN (Print) 9781108716024
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

Name Cambridge elements. Elements in the philosophy of biology

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Biology -- Philosophy
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Inheritance of acquired characters
  • Animal evolution
  • Animals -- Evolution
  • Biological evolution
  • Darwinism -- Evolution (Biology)
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Evolutionary science
  • Origin of species
  • Species, Origin of
  • Acquired characters, Heredity of
  • Acquired characters, Inheritance of
  • Heredity of acquired characters


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