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142   NATURAL INHERITANCE.   [CHAP.

curves that exactly represented the true Eye-colours for the four generations, they would either be concurrent or they would not. If these curves were concurrent, the errors in the R.F.F. data must have been so curiously distributed as to. preserve the concurrence. If these curves were not concurrent, then the errors in the R.F.F. data must have been so curiously distributed as to neutralise the non-concurrence. Both of these suppositions are improbable, and we must conclude that the curves really agree, and that the R.F.F. errors are not large enough to spoil the agreement. The close similarity of the two curves, derived respectively from the whole of the male and the whole of the female data, and the more perfect form of the curve derived from the aggregate of all the cases, are additional evidences in favour of the goodness of the. data on the whole.


Fundamental Eye-colours.-It is agreed among writers (cf. A' de Candolle, see footnote overleaf) that the one important division of eye-colours is into the light and the dark. The medium tints are not numerous, but may be derived from any one of four distinct origins. They may be hereditary with no notable variation, they may be varieties of light parentage, they may be varieties of dark parentage, or they may be blends. Medium tints are classed in my list under the heading

4. Dark grey, hazel ; " these form only 12.7 per cent. of all the observed cases. In medium tints, the outer portion of the iris is often of a dark grey colour,