The differences of the individuals that come into consideration in this artificial selection are very slight.
If art by artificial selection, why not Nature by natural selection?
artificial selection begins with the domestication of animals.
To artificial selection we chiefly owe all the many races or varieties of our domesticated animals and plants.
This is artificial selection, and is best exemplified in the experiments with pigeons.
Organic forms will no longer be modified by natural but wholly by artificial selection.
What man does in breeding is the making and improving of species by artificial selection.
He explains very clearly the process of artificial selection, and says that in the garden we are following Nature's method.
It may, however, be further objected that these cattle are not improbably the result of artificial selection.
Climatic contrasts aid differentiation also by influencing both natural and artificial selection in the distribution of peoples.
artificial selection n.
Human intervention in animal or plant reproduction to ensure certain characteristics are represented in successive generations.
|artificial selection |
Modification of a species by human intervention so that certain desirable traits are represented in successive generations. The different breeds of domestic dogs and the large ears of maize corn are products of artificial selection. Compare natural selection.
The breeding of plants and animals to produce desirable traits. Organisms with the desired traits, such as size or taste, are artificially mated or cross-pollinated with organisms with similar desired traits. (Compare natural selection.)