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Patrick Matthew's law of natural selection

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785–791
JournalBiological Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume115
Issue number4
Early online date19 Apr 2015
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2015

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  • PatMat6_MW_2015_02_06_arc

    PatMat6_MW_2015_02_06_arc.docx, 61 KB, application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document

    19/04/16

    Accepted author manuscript

  • PatMat5_MW_2014_12_10_arc

    PatMat5_MW_2014_12_10_arc.docx, 48 KB, application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document

    1/03/16

    Submitted manuscript

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Abstract

Patrick Matthew is the little-known first originator of macroevolution by natural selection. I review his ideas, and introduce some previously unnoticed writings (catalogued at a new website: http://smarturl.it/patrickmatthew) that clarify how they differ from Darwin's and Wallace's. Matthew's formulation emphasized natural selection as an axiomatic ‘law’ rather than a ‘theory’, a distinction that could still be of use to us today. Patrick Matthew is the little-known first originator of macroevolution by natural selection. I review his ideas, and introduce some previously unnoticed writings (catalogued at a new website: http://smarturl.it/patrickmatthew) that clarify how they differ from Darwin's and Wallace's. Matthew's formulation emphasized natural selection as an axiomatic ‘law’ rather than a ‘theory’, a distinction that could still be of use to us today.

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