The scale independence of evolution.

@article{Leroi2000TheSI,
  title={The scale independence of evolution.},
  author={Armand M. Leroi},
  journal={Evolution & development},
  year={2000},
  volume={2 2},
  pages={67-77}
}
In this paper, I argue that the ultimate causes of morphological, and hence developmental, evolution are scale independent. In other words, micro- and macroevolutionary patterns show fundamental similarities and therefore are most simply explained as being caused by the same kinds of evolutionary forces. I begin by examining the evolution of single lineages and argue that dynamics of adaptive evolution are the same for bacteria in test-tube evolution experiments and fossil lineages. Similarly… CONTINUE READING
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