natural selection

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Coined by Charles Darwin in its 1859 work On the Origin of Species.

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natural selection (uncountable)

  1. (evolutionary theory) A process by which heritable traits conferring survival and reproductive advantage to individuals, or related individuals, tend to be passed on to succeeding generations and become more frequent in a population, whereas other less favourable traits tend to become eliminated.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (quantitative genetics) A process in which individual organisms or phenotypes that possess favourable traits are more likely to survive and reproduce: the differential survival and reproduction of phenotypes.

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