publication . Article . 2008

Darwinism 100 Years Ago

Arthur Dendy;
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  • Published: 03 Jan 2008 Journal: Nature, volume 92, pages 320-320 (issn: 0028-0836, eissn: 1476-4687, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
IN reference to Dr. Gadow's interesting quotation from Tiedemann (NATURE, November 13), may I remind your readers that the principle of sexual selection was clearly enunciated by Erasmus Darwin in his “Zoonomia,” first published in 1794? I quote from an edition of 1800. “A great want of one part of the animal world has consisted in the desire of the exclusive possession of the females; and these have acquired weapons to combat each other for this purpose.… So the horns of the stag are sharp to offend his adversary, but are branched for the purpose of parrying or receiving the thrusts of horns similar to his own, and have therefore been formed for the purpose of ...
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free text keywords: Multidisciplinary, Sexual selection, Darwinism, Great Man theory, Epistemology, History, Biology, CONTEST, Evolutionary biology, Adversary, Erasmus+, Possession (law), Chivalry, Classics
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