Phenotypic plasticity and evolution by genetic assimilation.

  title={Phenotypic plasticity and evolution by genetic assimilation.},
  author={Massimo Pigliucci and Courtney J. Murren and Carl D. Schlichting},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={209 Pt 12},
In addition to considerable debate in the recent evolutionary literature about the limits of the Modern Synthesis of the 1930s and 1940s, there has also been theoretical and empirical interest in a variety of new and not so new concepts such as phenotypic plasticity, genetic assimilation and phenotypic accommodation. Here we consider examples of the arguments and counter-arguments that have shaped this discussion. We suggest that much of the controversy hinges on several misunderstandings… CONTINUE READING
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