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Charles Darwin, an English naturalist wrote a famous book named Origin of Species which was published in 1859 AD. Darwinism is also known as Theory of Natural Selection which can be explained in the following points:
Mutation theory was given by a Dutch Biologist named Hugo De Vries, in 1901 AD. Mutation is defined as a sudden chromosomal change by which variation occurs in organism. Mutation occurs by the effects of radiation and chemicals called mutagens. An organism affected by mutation is called mutant. The majority of mutations are harmful, but a very small proportion of them may be useful for an organisms. Mutation is a main factor for evolution. Some of the examples of mutation are black patch on body, disability by birth, cut at lip, six- fingered limbs etc.
The variation which occurs by gradual changes in hereditary character is called continuous variation, e.g. increase or decrease in the height of a man. The variation which occurs by sudden change is called discontinuous variation.
French biologist 'Jean Baptiste de Lamarck' is the founder of the theory 'use and disuse organs'.
The drawbacks of 'Darwin's theory of evolution are given below:
a) The natural selection is only a factor for the evolution of a new stage but not a complete factor because there is a variation in organisms evolved by mutation.
b) How variation occurred in human beings or other organisms is not described by Darwin's theory.
c) There would not be the selection of disused parts if there were only the selection of useful variation in the nature.
Since, successful and advantageous variation in characters inherited, the new organisms can survive longer in the changing environment. Sometimes special characters are seen offspring, which gradually modify from generation to generation. Ultimately, the organism looks quite different from its ancestor. If there were no such ancestral characters, perhaps there would be no evolution of new organisms. In this way, new organism has evolving from a common ancestor.
The mutation is defined as the sudden changes in the hereditary constitution of organisms. Example of mutation are disability of person by birth, cut at lip, six fingered limbs etc. An organism affected by mutation is called mutant.
The causes of mutation (like radiations and chemicals) are called mutagens.
Atavism is the sudden appearances of certain characteristics that are absent in present forms but were present in our ancestors; e.g. presence of long hairs on the body or face, or the presence of small tail by the birth of a person.
Charles Darwin, an English naturalist wrote a famous book named ______.
Origin of Species
Origin of human
Mutation theory was given by a ______.
Mutation occurs by the effects of radiation and chemicals called ______.
All of the above
______ helps to make the size of its own population constant.
Origin of natural species