Theories of Inheritance: The Evolution and Development of Form

  • David HaigEmail author
Living reference work entry


Questions of how form is inherited have long been entangled with questions of how form develops. In the late nineteenth century, cytologists converged on an understanding in which the hereditary substance resided in the nuclei of cells and did not itself undergo processes of development in its transmission from parents to offspring. The modern understanding of nuclear DNA as the hereditary material is a direct descendant of these ideas.


Lamarck Weismann Germ cells Adaptation Epigenetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Nicholson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Philosophy and AnthropologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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