neoDarwinism

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neoDarwinism

a view of evolutionary theory that combines MENDELIAN GENETICS with DARWINISM. see CENTRAL DOGMA.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Since the famous 1967 Wistar Symposium on "Mathematical Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Interpretation of Evolution," the mathematical and biological challenges posed to the modern evolutionary synthesis (neo-Darwinism) have not been resolved.
It wasn't until the first part of the 20th century that the main pieces of modern evolutionary theory came together in what was to be known as the "modern evolutionary synthesis." At that point enough was known to allow scientists to link natural selection, the new field of genetics, and mutation theory in a way that explained biological patterns across a wide array of species and, via the growing fossil record, the huge expanse of geological time.
However, it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution.
One area where the collection did seem to lack adequate coverage is in the discussion of modern evolutionary synthesis. Of course, evolutionary theory is discussed throughout the book, although it is only covered in the context of explaining the errors of intelligent design critiques, or discussing how Darwin came upon the theory.
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