Integrating evolution and development : from theory to practice

  title={Integrating evolution and development : from theory to practice},
  author={R. Sansom and R. Brandon},
The twentieth century's conceptual separation of the process of evolution (changes in a population as its members reproduce and die) from the process of development (changes in an organism over the course of its life) allowed scientists to study evolution without bogging down in the "messy details" of development. Advances in genetics produced the modern synthesis, which cast the gene as the unit of natural selection. The modern synthesis, however, has had its dissenters (among them Stephen Jay… Expand
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