Several questions on evolution, and mutation (rate)

Ram Samudrala ram at
Wed Sep 4 18:07:25 EST 1996

Radford Neal (radford at wrote:

>There's a slight historical problem with this definition:  Darwin's
>theory of evolution was formulated without knowledge of genetics,

I am still perplexed by this.    If you're talking about the theories
Darwin published in  "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural
Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for
Life", I think it's the theory of natural selection, not the theory of
evolution.  If I recall right, he basically left variation (evolution)
to chance.


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