Evolutionary Morphology, Innovation, and the Synthesis of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

  title={Evolutionary Morphology, Innovation, and the Synthesis of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology},
  author={Alan C. Love},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • A. Love
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Biology
  • Biology and Philosophy
One foundational question in contemporarybiology is how to `rejoin’ evolution anddevelopment. The emerging research program(evolutionary developmental biology or`evo-devo’) requires a meshing of disciplines,concepts, and explanations that have beendeveloped largely in independence over the pastcentury. In the attempt to comprehend thepresent separation between evolution anddevelopment much attention has been paid to thesplit between genetics and embryology in theearly part of the 20th century… 
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