Constructional morphology: the analysis of constraints in evolution dedicated to A. Seilacher in honour of his 60. birthday.

@article{Reif1985ConstructionalMT,
  title={Constructional morphology: the analysis of constraints in evolution dedicated to A. Seilacher in honour of his 60. birthday.},
  author={W E Reif and Robin D. Thomas and Martin S. Fischer},
  journal={Acta biotheoretica},
  year={1985},
  volume={34 2-4},
  pages={233-48}
}
Evolutionary change is opportunistic, but its course is strongly constrained in several fundamental ways. These constraints (historical/phylogenetic, functional/adaptive, constructional/morphogenetic) and their dynamic relationships are discussed here and shown to constitute the conceptual framework of Constructional Morphology. Notwithstanding recent published opinions which claim that the "discovery" of constraints renders Neodarwinian selection theory obsolete, we regard the insights of… CONTINUE READING

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