- the theory of evolution as expounded by later students of Charles Darwin, especially Weismann, holding that natural selection accounts for evolution and denying the inheritance of acquired characters.
- any modern theory of evolution holding that species evolve by natural selection acting on genetic variation.
Origin of neo-Darwinism
First recorded in 1900–05
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We would emphasise that it is not Darwinism we are attacking, but that which is erroneously called Neo-Darwinism.
Neo-Darwinism is a pathological growth on Darwinism, which, we fear, can be removed only by a surgical operation.
This affords a striking instance of the pernicious influence which Neo-Darwinism is exercising on the minds of men to-day.
I had as yet no idea that a writer could attack Neo-Darwinism without attacking evolution.Unconscious Memory
- the modern version of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which incorporates the principles of genetics to explain how inheritable variations can arise by mutation
- Darwinism as modified by the findings of modern genetics.
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- Darwinism as modified by the findings of modern genetics, stating that mutations due to random copying errors in DNA cause variation within a population of individual organisms and that natural selection acts upon these variations.
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