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'Frankenstein' predicted concept key to modern biology - study

A pumpkin Jack O' Lantern carved as the movie monster Frankenstein is displayed on the grounds of the historic Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the "Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze" in Croton-on Hudson, New YorkBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology formally defined by scientists a century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th century novel, an academic study published on Friday found. The study, titled "Frankenstein and the Horrors of Competitive Exclusion" and published in BioScience, takes its inspiration from a pivotal scene in the 1816 gothic story when the monster identified only as the "Creature" asks its creator, Victor Frankenstein, to create him a mate and allow the two to go live in "the vast wilds of South America." Unlike in the 1933 movie "Bride of Frankenstein," the book's Victor Frankenstein ultimately decides against repeating his experiment, fearing the two could breed a new race of creatures that would ultimately drive humanity extinct.




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