How to Carry Out the Adaptationist Program?

@article{Mayr1983HowTC,
  title={How to Carry Out the Adaptationist Program?},
  author={Ernst Mayr},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1983},
  volume={121},
  pages={324 - 334}
}
  • E. Mayr
  • Published 1983
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
1. The adaptationist program attempts to determine what selective advantages have contributed to the shaping of the phenotype. 2. Evolutionary change falls far short of being a perfect optimization process. Stochastic processes and other constraints upon selection prevent the achievement of perfect adaptedness. Evolutionists must pay more attention to these constraints than they have in the past. However, as already stressed by Darwin (1859, p. 201) there is no selective premium on perfect… Expand
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