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artificial selection

noun

  1. a process in the breeding of animals and in the cultivation of plants by which the breeder chooses to perpetuate only those forms having certain desirable inheritable characteristics.


artificial selection

  1. 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.


artificial selection

  1. 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 .)


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The facts of artificial selection may be as stated—in themselves there may be nothing hypothetical about them.

He explains very clearly the process of artificial selection, and says that in the garden we are following Nature's method.

Under artificial selection they are deliberately chosen out from among the rest.

Climatic contrasts aid differentiation also by influencing both natural and artificial selection in the distribution of peoples.

It would not have been overturned, or in any way affected, by Wallace's argument from artificial selection.

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