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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-13594

To Grant Allen   2 January 1882

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Summary

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-13594
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Allen, C. G. B.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Robert M. Stecher Collection, Historical Division, Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Physical description
5pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13594,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-13594

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