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Engineering Design and Adaptation

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

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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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Item Type: Preprint
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
Date: 2002

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