Rate of Racial Change that Accompanies Different Degrees of Severity in Selection

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Abstract

IT is well known, in a general way, that better results are obtained by breeding from very select specimens than from the less select; but the statement deserves to be expressed with greater precision. I will do so here, on the lines laid down in “Natural Inheritance” (Macmillan, 1889), using the constants there determined for the stature of British men, including among them the coefficient by which female stature may be corrected to its equivalent male value, and thereby eliminating all trouble due to sexual differences.

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