Artificial selection

a process in the breeding of animals and in the cultivation of plants by which the breeder chooses to perpetuate only those forms having certain desirable inheritable characteristics.
Historical Examples

The differences of the individuals that come into consideration in this artificial selection are very slight.
The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2) Ernst Haeckel

If art by artificial selection, why not Nature by natural selection?
Evolution Joseph Le Conte

artificial selection begins with the domestication of animals.
The Arena Various

To artificial selection we chiefly owe all the many races or varieties of our domesticated animals and plants.
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg

This is artificial selection, and is best exemplified in the experiments with pigeons.
The Fertility of the Unfit William Allan Chapple

Organic forms will no longer be modified by natural but wholly by artificial selection.
Evolution Joseph Le Conte

What man does in breeding is the making and improving of species by artificial selection.
The Airedale Williams Haynes

He explains very clearly the process of artificial selection, and says that in the garden we are following Nature’s method.
Evolution in Modern Thought Ernst Haeckel

It may, however, be further objected that these cattle are not improbably the result of artificial selection.
Darwin, and After Darwin, Volume II (of 3) George John Romanes

Climatic contrasts aid differentiation also by influencing both natural and artificial selection in the distribution of peoples.
Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple

artificial selection n.
Human intervention in animal or plant reproduction to ensure certain characteristics are represented in successive generations.
artificial selection
Modification of a species by human intervention so that certain desirable traits are represented in successive generations. The different breeds of domestic dogs and the large ears of maize corn are products of artificial selection. Compare natural selection.

The breeding of plants and animals to produce desirable traits. Organisms with the desired traits, such as size or taste, are artificially mated or cross-pollinated with organisms with similar desired traits. (Compare natural selection.)


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