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19 October 2019 The Significance of Mendel's Work for the Theory of Evolution; Specifically Birth and Development of the Mendelian Paradigm of Genetics: a Review
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Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection lacked valid hypotheses on the nature and mechanism of inheritance as well as on the origin and preservation of biological variation. Gregor Mendel complemented Darwin's theory by presenting in his corpuscular theory of inheritance solutions to both problems. In addition to the discovery of the basic rules of the mechanism of heredity, he showed that the hereditary material is constituted of independent and discrete elements which recombine during the gamete formation and fertilization in sexual reproduction of organisms thus creating a huge amount of persistent genetic variation.

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Petter Portin "The Significance of Mendel's Work for the Theory of Evolution; Specifically Birth and Development of the Mendelian Paradigm of Genetics: a Review," Annales Botanici Fennici 56(4-6), 285-293, (19 October 2019). https://doi.org/10.5735/085.056.0414
Received: 30 May 2018; Accepted: 17 April 2019; Published: 19 October 2019
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