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Challenging the Modern SynthesisAdaptation, Development, and Inheritance$
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Philippe Huneman and Denis Walsh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199377176.001.0001

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Limited Extended Inheritance

Limited Extended Inheritance

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(p.263) 9 Limited Extended Inheritance
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Challenging the Modern Synthesis
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Francesca Merlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199377176.003.0009

This chapter addresses the question of the extension of biological inheritance in the light of the fact that organisms inherit much more than DNA. Starting from recent proposals to reconceive the concept of biological inheritance, the chapter shows that one of the main assumptions in the literature is simply taken for granted without providing any evidence or argument to support it. The chapter first analyzes four distinctions—and the lessons drawn from them—and then proposes a redefinition of inheritance, which brings to the fore its privileged link with reproduction and the specific theoretical role of this concept in evolutionary biology.

Keywords:   extended, nongenetic, inheritance, transmission, reproduction, evolutionary theory, natural selection

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