Dobzhansky, T. Genetics and the origin of species


Dobzhansky, T. Genetics and the origin of species



Theodosius Dobzhansky. Genetics and the origin of species

3d ed., rev

Genetics and the Origin of Species is a 1937 book by the Ukrainian-American evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky. It is regarded as one of the most important works of the modern synthesis and was one of the earliest. The book popularized the work of population genetics to other biologists and influenced their appreciation for the genetic basis of evolution. In his book, Dobzhansky applied the theoretical work of Sewall Wright (1889-1988) to the study of natural populations, allowing him to address evolutionary problems in a novel way during his time. Dobzhansky implements theories of mutation, natural selection, and speciation throughout his book to explain the habits of populations and the resulting effects on their genetic behavior. The book explains evolution in depth as a process over time that accounts for the diversity of all life on Earth. The study of evolution was present but greatly neglected at the time. Dobzhansky illustrates that evolution regarding the origin and nature of species during this time in history was deemed mysterious, but had expanding the potential for progress to be made in its field.

Publication Date



Columbia University Press


New York


evolution, biology


The Rockefeller University Library Level B QH 366 D635 1951

Dobzhansky, T. Genetics and the origin of species