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How Developmental is Evolutionary Developmental Biology?

Robert, Jason Scott (2002) How Developmental is Evolutionary Developmental Biology? [Preprint]


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Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) offers both an account of developmental processes and also new integrative frameworks for analyzing interactions between development and evolution. Biologists and philosophers are keen on evo-devo in part because it appears to offer a comfort zone between, on the one hand, what some take to be the relative inability of mainstream evolutionary biology to integrate a developmental perspective; and, on the other hand, what some take to be more intractable syntheses of development and evolution. In this article, I outline core concerns of evo-devo, distinguish theoretical and practical variants, and counter Sterelny's recent argument that evo-devo's attention to development, while important, offers no significant challenge to evolutionary theory as we know it.

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Item Type: Preprint
Robert, Jason Scott
Keywords: Development, epigenetics, evolution, evo-devo, evolvability, modularity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Depositing User: Jason Scott Robert
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2002
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:03
Item ID: 546

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