Perspective: Genetic assimilation and a possible evolutionary paradox: can macroevolution sometimes be so fast as to pass us by?

@article{Pigliucci2003PerspectiveGA,
  title={Perspective: Genetic assimilation and a possible evolutionary paradox: can macroevolution sometimes be so fast as to pass us by?},
  author={Massimo Pigliucci and Courtney J. Murren},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2003},
  volume={57 7},
  pages={1455-64}
}
The idea of genetic assimilation, that environmentally induced phenotypes may become genetically fixed and no longer require the original environmental stimulus, has had varied success through time in evolutionary biology research. Proposed by Waddington in the 1940s, it became an area of active empirical research mostly thanks to the efforts of its inventor and his collaborators. It was then attacked as of minor importance during the "hardening" of the neo-Darwinian synthesis and was relegated… CONTINUE READING

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