The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later.

@article{Pigliucci2000TheFA,
  title={The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later.},
  author={Pigliucci and Kaplan},
  journal={Trends in ecology \& evolution},
  year={2000},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={
          66-70
        }
}
  • Pigliucci, Kaplan
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • Biology
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
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