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Neo-Darwinism is the predominant (F.J. Ayala, S.J. Gould) scientific theory, stemming from August Weismann, that all living organisms have evolved from a common ancestor by the process of natural selection (Evolution). C. Darwin was the first to suggest its mechanism was natural selection, meaning the preservation of beneficial variations in the competitive struggle to reproduce. Darwin’s original theory did not suggest how variations arose, which required later ideas of genetic mutation. In the mid-20th century, Darwinism was integrated with genetic the…

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Schloss, Jeff, “Neo-Darwinism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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