With the help of one example for each, distinguish between the acquired traits and the inherited traits. Why are the traits/experiences acquired during the entire lifetime of an inpidual not inherited in the next generation? Explain the reason of this fact with an example.

Inherited CharactersAcquired Characters

Inherited characters are passed from one generation to another.

Acquired characters do not pass from one generation to another.

These traits are caused due to changes in genes or DNA.

These traits are developed in the response to an environment or lifestyle.

Examples: Colour of an eye, natural hair color, natural hair texture, etc.

Examples: Bodyweight, muscle strength, etc.

The inherited characters are passed from one generation to another as these characters/traits/changes are linked with DNA. Thus, these characters are passed from parent to offspring and remain with an individual for a lifetime.

Acquired characters are acquired by an organism during his lifetime, based on lifestyle.

For example, if a person got naturally curly hair and a good muscle physique, then the texture of hair is inherited to his son as it is an inherited trait, but his son doesn't get the same muscle physique as it is an acquired trait.

His son has to work hard to develop same muscle physique as this trait is not linked with DNA.


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Updated on: 20-Mar-2023


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