acquired characteristic


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acquired characteristic

A trait or quality that was not inherited but is the result of environmental influence.
See also: characteristic
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It, too, talked about acquired characteristics, but not as an alternative to Darwinism.
Also, Glass discusses Darwin's book Pangenesis in which Darwin reintroduces the old Lamarckian idea of the inheritance of acquired characteristics.
The results suggest that many plants acquired characteristics that helped them thrive in colder climates -- such as dying back to the roots in winter -- long before they first encountered freezing.
It addresses the history and archaeology of both the burgh of Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn, which were settled sometime before the fifth century and had acquired characteristics of a town by the late 10th or early 11th.
With the development of his theory of pangenesis in 1868, Darwin increasingly turned to the inheritance of acquired characteristics to supply the variation needed for evolution, which inevitably diminished the role of natural selection.
Wilde, influenced by both Darwin's theories and Herbert Spencer's theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics, rejected realism as a form of art that simply reproduced contemporary culture and favored harmonious formal creations that reshaped the viewer's/reader's consciousness and aided social reform.
Darwinian evolution, however, does not--indeed, it cannot--transmit acquired characteristics to future generations.
This may seem far-fetched, but consider that, just as the Soviet Union relied on an incorrect model of the economy, it also relied on an incorrect theory of biology: the discredited theory that acquired characteristics could be inherited.

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