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Why didn't Darwin discover Mendel's laws?

Jonathan C Howard

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Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Zülpicher Strasse 47, 50674 Cologne, Germany

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:15  doi:10.1186/jbiol123

Published: 24 February 2009


Darwin's focus on small quantitative variations as the raw material of evolution may have prevented him from discovering the laws of inheritance.