what is the difference between acquired and inherited traits ?
Acquired traits are those traits that are developed during lifetime of an individual. These traits cannot be inherited. For example, a wrestler develops large muscles due to his training program. but this does'nt mean it'll be passed on to his ofspring. In simple terms, acquired traits are skills, knowledge or memory that an individual develops during his/her lifetime.
On the other hand, inherited traits are those traits that are transferred from parents to offsprings. Example, skin colour, eye colour and shape, etc
Acquired Traits: These are the characteristics or traits that an individual acquires due to the external factors. Eg: Obese body, Cut finger. etc. These DONOT change the DNA composition of the gametes, so they cannot be passed on to the next generation.
Inherited Traits: The traits that are passed from a parent to its offspring are called as inheited traits. Eg: Color of eyes, etc.
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Non – heritable variations
Produce changes in reproductive tissues
Produce changes in non – reproductive tissues
Can be passed to next generation
Cannot be passed to next generation
Eg: power to lift weight
Also called inherited trait
Also called acquired trait
Inherited traid: The traids which are passed from the parent to offspring. The changes produced in reproductive tissues.
Eg: eye color
Acquired traits: Change in non reproductive tissue cannot be passed onto germ cells and the experiences of an individual during lifetime does not direct evolution.
Eg: tailessness in mice
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