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Letter 13594

Darwin, C. R. to Allen, C. G. B.

2 Jan 1882

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    Thanks GA for his article ["The daisy's pedigree", Cornhill Mag. 44 (1881): 168–81].

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    The evolutionary argument that petals are transformed stamens is "striking and apparently valid". Doubts petals are naturally yellow.

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    Wallace's "generalization about much modified parts being splendidly coloured" is also dubious except as both are caused by sexual selection.

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