Phenotypic plasticity and modularity allow for the production of novel mosaic phenotypes in ants

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The origin of discrete novelties remains unclear. Some authors suggest that qualitative phenotypic changes may result from the reorganization of preexisting phenotypic traits during development (i.e., developmental recombination) following genetic or environmental changes. Because ants combine high modularity with extreme phenotypic plasticity (queen and… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/s13227-015-0031-5

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