Heritability

[Revised entry by Stephen M. Downes on April 2, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A heritable trait is most simply an offspring's trait that resembles the parents' corresponding trait.
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[Revised entry by Stephen M. Downes on April 2, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A heritable trait is most simply an offspring's trait that resembles the parents' corresponding trait. Inheritance or heredity was a focus of systematic research before its inclusion as a key concept within evolutionary theory. An influential 18th and early 19th century theory of heredity was preformationism. This view took several forms, each maintaining that organisms were passed on from one generation to the next, miniature and...

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