The extended evolutionary synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution.

@article{Dickins2012TheEE,
  title={The extended evolutionary synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution.},
  author={Thomas E. Dickins and Q. I. Rahman},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1740},
  pages={
          2913-21
        }
}
In recent years, a number of researchers have advocated extending the modern synthesis in evolutionary biology. One of the core arguments made in favour of an extension comes from work on soft inheritance systems, including transgenerational epigenetic effects, cultural transmission and niche construction. In this study, we outline this claim and then take issue with it. We argue that the focus on soft inheritance has led to a conflation of proximate and ultimate causation, which has in turn… CONTINUE READING
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