[Molecular-evolution] First use of "survival of the fittest"
Stuart Barker (Prof)
(by sbarker At une.edu.au)
Fri Jan 5 00:59:06 EST 2007
Calling Darwin scholars
I am trying to clarify Darwin's first use of 'survival of the
fittest', and have found conflicting statements.
Christianen and Prout, Chapter 8, "Evolutionary Genetics From
Molecules to Morphology", eds Singh and Krimbas (2000), Cambridge
Univ. Press provide a quote from "Origin of Species" 6th Ed, 1872,
and state that the remark including 'survival of the fittest' was
added by Darwin in the 6th edition after suggestion and encouragement
by Thomas Huxley.
Dawkins "The Extended Phenotype" (1982), Oxford Univ. Press - p. 179
states that the term was adopted by Darwin (1866) at the urging of
Wallace (1866) - with both referenced to letters from Wallace to
Darwin, and Darwin to Wallace.
Both may well be correct, but my question is - if the term was
adopted by Darwin in the letter to Wallace in 1866, did it appear in
either the 4th or 5th editions? I do not have access to these 2 editions!
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