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04 - Natural Selection 04-08 - On the Intercrossing of Individuals 80 It must have struck most naturalists as a strange anomaly that, both with animals and plants, some species of the same family and even of the same genus, though agreeing closely with each other in their whole organisation, are hermaphrodites, and some unisexual.

But if, in fact, all hermaphrodites do occasionally intercross, the difference between them and unisexual species is, as far as function is concerned, very small.

From these several considerations and from the many special facts which I have collected, but which I am unable here to give, it appears that with animals and plants an occasional intercross between distinct individuals is a very general, if not universal, law of nature.
04 - Natural Selection 04-09 - Circumstances favourable for the production of new forms through Natural Selection 10 This is an extremely intricate subject.

A great amount of variability, under which term individual differences are always included, will evidently be favourable.

A large number of individuals, by giving a better chance within any given period for the appearance of profitable variations, will compensate for a lesser amount of variability in each individual, and is, I believe, a highly important element of success.

Though Nature grants long periods of time for the work of natural selection, she does not grant an indefinite period; for as all organic beings are striving to seize on each place in the economy of nature, if any one species does not become modified and improved in a corresponding degree with its competitors, it will be exterminated.

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04 - Natural Selection 04-09 - Circumstances favourable for the production of new forms through Natural Selection 20 Unless favourable variations be inherited by some at least of the offspring, nothing can be effected by natural selection.

The tendency to reversion may often check or prevent the work; but as this tendency has not prevented man from forming by selection numerous domestic races, why should it prevail against natural selection?

In the case of methodical selection, a breeder selects for some definite object, and if the individuals be allowed freely to intercross, his work will completely fail.

But when many men, without intending to alter the breed, have a nearly common standard of perfection, and all try to procure and breed from the best animals, improvement surely but slowly follows from this unconscious process of selection, notwithstanding that there is no separation of selected individuals.

Thus it will be under nature; for within a confined area, with some place in the natural polity not perfectly occupied, all the individuals varying in the right direction, though in different degrees, will tend to be preserved.

But if the area be large, its several districts will almost certainly present different conditions of life; and then, if the same species undergoes modification in different districts, the newly-formed varieties will intercross on the confines of each.
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04 - Natural Selection 04-09 - Circumstances favourable for the production of new forms through Natural Selection 30 But we shall see in the sixth chapter that intermediate varieties, inhabiting intermediate districts, will in the long run generally be supplanted by one of the adjoining varieties.

Intercrossing will chiefly affect those animals which unite for each birth and wander much, and which do not breed at a very quick rate.

Hence with animals of this nature, for instance, birds, varieties will generally be confined to separated countries; and this I find to be the case.

With hermaphrodite organisms which cross only ccasionally, and likewise with animals which unite for each birth, but which wander little and can increase at a rapid rate, a new
and improved variety might be quickly formed on any one spot, and might there maintain itself in a body and afterwards spread, so that the individuals of the new variety would chiefly cross together.

On this principle, nurserymen always prefer saving seed from a large body of plants, as the chance of intercrossing is thus lessened.

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