Two remarkable pedigrees by René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur* (1683–1757) and Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis* (1698–1759) on polydactyly may be taken as the dawn of modern scientific genetics, at a time when the theory of heredity was dominated by the preformationists.


Pure Line Probability Generate Function Germ Plasm Mendelian Segregation American Philosophical Society 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. O. Lancaster
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  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Mathematical StatisticsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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