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Lucretius's Anticipation of Mendelism


IN his review of the new edition of Munro's translation of Lucretius, in NATURE for April 14, Prof. D'Arcy Thompson refers to the many scientific ‘anticipations’ that are to be found in that wonderful poem, which has fossilised, so to speak, some fragments of the lost world of ancient wisdom. I have never seen any mention made of a passage in the “De Rerum Natura” in which the three fundamental postulates of Mendelism are laid down as the rules of heredity, and I think it deserves to have attention directed to it.

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MCLEAN, R. Lucretius's Anticipation of Mendelism. Nature 121, 749 (1928).

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