Tempo and mode in evolution : phylogenetic inertia , adaptation and comparative methods

  title={Tempo and mode in evolution : phylogenetic inertia , adaptation and comparative methods},
  author={Simon P. Blomberg and Theodore Garland},
Before the Evolutionary Synthesis, ‘phylogenetic inertia’ was associated with theories of orthogenesis, which claimed that organisms possessed an endogenous perfecting principle. The concept in the modern literature dates to Simpson (1944), who used ‘evolutionary inertia’ as a description of pattern in the fossil record. Wilson (1975) used ‘phylogenetic inertia’ to describe population-level or organismal properties that can affect the course of evolution in response to selection. Many current… CONTINUE READING
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