What is evolutionary novelty? Process versus character based definitions.

  title={What is evolutionary novelty? Process versus character based definitions.},
  author={Tim Peterson and Gerd B. M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part B, Molecular and developmental evolution},
  volume={320 6},
With the rise of EvoDevo, the topic of evolutionary novelty has received renewed attention. Indeed, it has been argued that one of the major contributions of EvoDevo to evolutionary theory is the explanation of phenotypic novelty. Despite such assertions, dispute continues over what exactly a novelty is and whether the term applies to a unique type of evolutionary phenomenon or whether it merely has informal meaning. In a recent special issue of J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) dedicated to… CONTINUE READING
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