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“Bateson laid great emphasis on the importance of major or discontinuous variation as the source of evolutionary change”

BATESON, WILLIAM. Materials for the Study of Variation: treated with especial regard to discontinuity in the origin of species

London: Macmillan, 1894

Original dark green cloth. Minor fraying. Fine.

FIRST EDITION. This was “Bateson’s major scientific work before his rediscovery of Mendel’s laws. Like many other scientists during the last decades of the nineteenth century, Bateson rejected the orthodox Darwinian doctrine of natural selection… Bateson laid great emphasis on the importance of major or discontinuous variation as the source of evolutionary change” (Norman 134).

“William Bateson read the newly discovered paper [by Mendel] and recognized immediately its relevance to the unsolved problem expounded in his Materials for the Study of Variation: variation is the cause of the evolution of species; but what causes variation, and how does it happen? Bateson was convinced that species evolve as the result of the accumulation of innumerable small changes. His view was that variations occur suddenly and discontinuously. Mendel’s paper gave him the clue that he was seeking [Bateson] became the founder of the modern study of heredity and variation for which he adopted the term ‘genetics’” (PMM).

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