Adaptationism – how to carry out an exaptationist program

  title={Adaptationism – how to carry out an exaptationist program},
  author={Paul W. Andrews and Steven W. Gangestad and Daniel Matthews},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={489 - 504}
The authors contributed equally to this paper. Order of authorship was determined alphabetically. Correspondence may be addressed to any of the authors.Adaptationism is a research strategy that seeks to identify adaptations and the specific selective forces that drove their evolution in past environments. Since the mid-1970s, paleontologist Stephen J. Gould and geneticist Richard Lewontin have been critical of adaptationism, especially as applied toward understanding human behavior and… Expand
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