natural selection

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Coined by British biologist Charles Darwin in 1859 in his 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; the differential survival and reproduction of phenotypes.

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