theory of inheritance

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Noun1.theory of inheritance - (biology) a theory of how characteristics of one generation are derived from earlier generations
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
Mendelianism, Mendelism - the theory of inheritance based on Mendel's laws
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These aberrant chromosomes did not become known as the "sex chromosomes" until they became vital examples supporting the chromosome theory of inheritance. Richardson argues that dissent on this question was not silenced until the 1930s, after the notion of "sex chromosomes" was incorporated into the framework of the powerful new hormone theory of sex determination advocated by the American embryologist Frank R.
Dryden employs typology to figure Charles II as an echo of David, and he "insists on a theory of inheritance that binds the people" to obedience while the king is bound only to God (185).
grasped the real implications of Darwin's scientific theory of natural selection: that the natural cosmos of living organisms, of which human beings are inextricably a part, is itself a chance product of random variations." Darwin did not have any theory of inheritance or of how genetic variations arose; as such, it could hardly have been an implication of this nonexistent theory that they arose by "chance." All Darwin's theory of natural selection required was that variations did occur somehow or other--as far as his theory went, these variations could have been intricately mapped out by the Creator from before the beginning of time.