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Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution

@inproceedings{Oyama2001CyclesOC,
  title={Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution},
  author={Susan Oyama and Paul E. Griffiths and Russell David Gray},
  year={2001}
}
Many books on evolution neglect the complex dynamics of ontogeny (development) necessary to produce the mature creature. They either ignore it or reduce it to the transmission of genetic information. This contributes to unproductive debates on "nature versus nurture". Developmental systems theory (DST) offers a new conceptual framework with which to resolve such debates. DST views ontogeny as contingent cycles of interaction among a varied set of developmental resources, no one of which… Expand
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