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Genes, embryos and evolution (2020)


When Mendel’s work was rediscovered, around year 1900, and with the subsequent progress in genetics, one could expect that the science of heredity would eventually foster a fruitful dialogue between evolutionary biology and developmental biology, but history went otherwise until the emergence of evolutionary developmental biology, or evo-devo. Within evo-devo we can eventually explain both the fact that phenotypes very similar to existing ones and in all likelihood functional, nevertheless do not occur in nature and also that nature often generates hardly functional ‘monsters’. Both classes of facts suggest that variation, irrespective of the selective value of the different phenotypes that are produced, has an intrinsic structure with both preferred and possibly prohibited alternatives. In the long history of evolutionary change of developmental change, even the rules of evolution have been evolving through time, and the same can be said of the units, and the processes, to which these rules apply and even of the categories themselves – categories like individual and species.

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Authors & Contributors
Sarkar, Sahotra
Minelli, Alessandro
Kaplan, Jonathan Michael
Pigliucci, Massimo
Tudge, Colin
Gouyon, Pierre-Henri
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biological Theory
Biology and Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Archives of Natural History
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
MIT Press
Hill & Wang
Kluwer Academic
Oxford University Press
University of Pittsburgh
Developmental biology
Evolutionary developmental biology
Evolutionary genetics
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Smith, John Maynard
Spencer, Herbert
Lewontin, Richard C.
Bradshaw, Anthony David
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Human Genome Project

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