Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Mimicry: mimicry in biology means the appearance of characteristics typical for a species in representatives of other species, which leads to the confusion of an individual of a species with a representative of another species. It is assumed that survival advantages are associated with this. See also evolution, Darwinism, selection.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Mimicry/Dawkins: Does not know any intermediates: every representative would be eaten immediately.
I 69
Question: How can a single gene be responsible for all the various aspects of mimicry: color, shape, spots, flight rhythm?
Answer: a single gene in the sense of a Cistron certainly not.
An entire gene group can behave like a single gene! It has an "allele" which in reality is a different gene group.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

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R. Dawkins
Das egoistische Gen, Hamburg 1996

M. St. Dawkins
Die Entdeckung des tierischen Bewusstseins Hamburg 1993

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