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Evolutionary constraints and genotype spaces

Andreas Wagner

in The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations: A Theory of Transformative Change in Living Systems

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199692590
eISBN:
9780191774829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692590.003.0206
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

An evolutionary constraint is a bias or limitation in genotypic or phenotypic variation that a biological system produces. Striking phenotypic examples include the absence of photosynthesis in higher ... More


Functional and Developmental Constraint in Convergent Evolution

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter deals with the theoretical analysis of evolutionary constraint in producing convergent evolution. It investigates the implications of theoretically possible, but nevertheless ... More


Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

George McGhee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Charles Darwin famously concluded On the Origin of Species with a vision of “endless forms most beautiful” continually evolving. More than 150 years later, many evolutionary biologists see not ... More


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