Thursday, 24 April 2014

Neo-Darwinism & neo-Darwinsim

As shown in the previous post, Neo-Darwinism is a term with a history extending back into the past beyond the modern evolutionary synthesis. I noticed that it was mostly written with a capital N back then, whereas current usage seems to prefer the lower case n. The following Ngram chart also suggests that the usage shifted from Neo-Darwinisim (before 1930) to neo-Darwinism after 1970 (scroll to see the later years).