POULTON, Edward Bagnall. 20390



Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas Stebbing, discussing a visit, and commenting on Stebbing’s review in Nature. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. Wykham House, Oxford, 4 January 1903. Sir Edward Bagnall Poulton (1856 –1943), Darwinist, evolutionary biologist who was a lifelong advocate of natural selection. He invented the term sympatric for evolution of species in the same place, and in his book The Colours of Animals (1890) was the first to recognise frequency-dependent selection. Author of Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection (1896) and other works. “What is your idea of a species? I am thinking of maintaining ‘an interbreeding (syngenic) community’ as the only hope. Do you agree?”