Phenotypic Integration : Studying the Ecology and Evolution of Complex Phenotypes

Phenotypic Integration : Studying the Ecology and Evolution of Complex Phenotypes

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A new voice in the nature-nurture debate can be heard at the interface between evolution and development. Phenotypic integration--or, how large numbers of characteristics are related to make up the whole organism, and how these relationships evolve and change their function--is a major growth area in research, attracting the attention of evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and geneticists, as well as, more broadly, ecologists, physiologists, and paleontologists. This edited collection presents much of the best and most recent work the topic.Williams (1992) argued convincingly that stasis is one of the most important unsolved problems of evolutionary biology (see also Bradshaw 1991). ... of evolution (Gould and Eldredge 1993); the cry aquot;stasis is dataaquot; (Gould and Eldredge 1977) echoes faintly in most neon- tologistsa#39; ears. ... 1983; Williamson 1987; Hoffman 1989; Lieberman and Dudgeon 1996; Sheldon 1996; Eldredge 1999; Gould 2002).


Title:Phenotypic Integration : Studying the Ecology and Evolution of Complex Phenotypes
Author: Massimo Pigliucci Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Katherine Preston Department of Biological Science Stanford University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2004-03-05
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