Developmental Constraints and Evolution: A Perspective from the Mountain Lake Conference on Development and Evolution

@article{Smith1985DevelopmentalCA,
  title={Developmental Constraints and Evolution: A Perspective from the Mountain Lake Conference on Development and Evolution},
  author={J. M. Smith and R. Burian and S. Kauffman and P. Alberch and J. C. Campbell and B. Goodwin and R. Lande and D. Raup and L. Wolpert},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1985},
  volume={60},
  pages={265 - 287}
}
Developmental constraints (defined as biases on the production of variant phenotypes or limitations on phenotypic variability caused by the structure, character, composition, or dynamics of the developmental system) undoubtedly play a significant role in evolution. Yet there is little agreement on their importance as compared with selection, drift, and other such factors in shaping evolutionary history. This review distinguishes between "universal" and "local" constraints; it deals primarily… Expand
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