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Melanism in the Lepidoptera and its Evolutionary Significance

Nature volume 119, page 318 (26 February 1927) | Download Citation



IN the interesting article by Dr. J. W. Heslop Harrison in NATURE of Jan. 22 on experiments with Lepidoptera, there appears the following: “Thus we are dealing with a case of evolution directed by the environment, and presumably, therefore, of the Lamarckian order. Naturally, this view has been strongly contested by the opponents of the Lamarckian position, but, let it be emphasised, not one of those so opposed has studied the subject in the field. On the other hand, field workers are unanimous in giving it vigorous support.”

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  1. The University, Liverpool, Jan. 24.

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