Ecological developmental biology: environmental signals for normal animal development.

@article{Gilbert2012EcologicalDB,
  title={Ecological developmental biology: environmental signals for normal animal development.},
  author={Scott F. Gilbert},
  journal={Evolution & development},
  year={2012},
  volume={14 1},
  pages={20-8}
}
The environment plays instructive roles in development and selective roles in evolution. This essay reviews several of the instructive roles whereby the organism has evolved to receive cues from the environment in order to modulate its developmental trajectory. The environmental cues can be abiotic (such as temperature or photoperiod) or biotic (such as those emanating from predators, conspecifics, or food), and the "alteration" produces a normal, not a pathological, phenotype, that is… CONTINUE READING

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