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Engineering Design and Adaptation

Richardson, Robert C. (2002) Engineering Design and Adaptation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Reverse engineering is a matter of inferring adaptive function from structure. The utility of reverse engineering for evolutionary biology has been a matter of controversy. I offer a simple taxonomy of the uses of engineering design in assessing adaptation, with a variety of illustrations. The plausibility of applications of engineering design reflects the specific way the models are elaborated and derived.


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Richardson, Robert C.
Keywords: Evolutionary Theory, Biology, Structure, Function
Depositing User: Program Committee
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1093
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1093

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