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The Developmental Systems Perspective: Organism-environment systems as units of development and evolution

Griffiths, Paul and Gray, Russell (2002) The Developmental Systems Perspective: Organism-environment systems as units of development and evolution. [Preprint]

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Developmental systems theory is an attempt to sum up the ideas of a research tradition in developmental psychobiology that goes back at least to Daniel Lehrman's work in the 1950s. It yields a representation of evolution that is quite capable of accommodating the traditional themes of natural selection and also the new results that are emerging from evolutionary developmental biology. But it adds something else - a framework for thinking about development and evolution without the distorting dichotomization of biological processes into gene and non-gene and the vestiges of the black-boxing of developmental processes in the modern synthesis, such as the asymmetric use of the concept of information. Phenomena that are marginalized in current gene-centric conceptions, such as extra-genetic inheritance, niche construction and phenotypic plasticity are placed center stage.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Griffiths, Paul
Gray, Russell
Keywords: evolutionary developmental biology ecological developmental biology epigenetic inheritance natural selection phenotypic plasticity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Depositing User: Professor Paul Edmund Griffiths
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2002
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:22
Item ID: 859
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/859

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