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The Intellectual Challenge of Morphological Evolution: A Case for Variational Structuralism

Günter P. Wagner

in Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691156460
eISBN:
9781400851461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691156460.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores variational structuralism, whose core idea is that organisms and their parts play causal roles in shaping the patterns of phenotypic evolution. Drawing on the work of pioneers ... More


Revisiting the Phenotypic Hierarchy in Hierarchy Theory

Silvia Caianiello

in Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226426051
eISBN:
9780226426198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226426198.003.0012
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The hierarchy theory at its onset was primarily committed to vindicate the distinctness of macro-evolutionary phenomena from micro-evolutionary processes, minimizing the explanatory relevance of ... More


Origins of metazoan body plans: the larval revolution

Rudolf A. Raff

in Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199549429
eISBN:
9780191721601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549429.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics, Developmental Biology

Bilaterian animal body plan origins are generally thought about in terms of adult forms. However, most animals have larvae with body plans, ontogenies, and ecologies distinct from their adults. The ... More


The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

H. Clark Barrett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199348305
eISBN:
9780199348336
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This book presents a roadmap for an evolutionary psychology of the twenty-first century. It brings together theory from biology and cognitive science to show how the brain can be composed of ... More


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H. Clark Barrett

in The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199348305
eISBN:
9780199348336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This chapter explores the questions of how the mind’s diverse mechanisms evolve as a whole and how they are organized. It describes a hierarchical view of brain architecture in which modules evolve ... More


Development

H. Clark Barrett

in The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199348305
eISBN:
9780199348336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This chapter lays out a framework for understanding the evolution of developmental systems. It presents the biological concept of a reaction norm, a mapping between developmental circumstances and ... More


Ontogeny and Systematics Revisited: Developmental Models and Model Organisms

Stephen Blackmore and Alexandra H. Wortley

in Beyond Cladistics: The Branching of a Paradigm

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267725
eISBN:
9780520947993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267725.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This Festschrift for Chris Humphries provides an opportunity to reflect on how much has changed in systematic biology since the 1970s. Humphries, together with his longtime collaborator, Kåre Bremer, ... More


On the Nature of Limbs: A Discourse

Richard Owen

Ronald Amundson (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226641942
eISBN:
9780226641959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226641959.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The most prominent naturalist in Britain before Charles Darwin, the author of this book made empirical discoveries and offered theoretical innovations that were crucial to the proof of evolution. ... More


Embryos and Ancestors

David F. Bjorklund

in How Children Invented Humanity: The Role of Development in Human Evolution

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190066864
eISBN:
9780190066895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190066864.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary developmental biology, or Evo Devo, examines how developmental mechanisms affect evolutionary change. Heterochrony refers to genetic-based differences in developmental timing. One ... More


Why we need to move from gene-culture co-evolution to culturally driven co-evolution

Daniel Dor and Eva Jablonka

in The Social Origins of Language

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199665327
eISBN:
9780191779725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter presents four lines of argumentation for the claim that the emergence of language can and should be explained as a culturally driven process that eventually entangled individual ... More


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