Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory

A different kind of challenge

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Abstract

Many researchers have argued that evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) constitutes a challenge to standard evolutionary theory, requiring the explicit inclusion of developmental processes that generate variation and attention to organismal form (rather than adaptive function). An analysis of these developmental-form challenges indicates that the primary concern is not the inclusion of specific content but the epistemic organization or structure of evolutionary theory. Proponents of developmental-form challenges favor moving their considerations to a more central location in evolutionary theorizing, in part because of a commitment to the value of mechanistic explanation. This chapter argues there are multiple legitimate structures for evolutionary theory, instead of a single, overarching or canonical organization, and different theory presentations can be understood as idealizations that serve different investigative and explanatory goals in evolutionary inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenging the Modern Synthesis
Subtitle of host publicationAdaptation, Development, and Inheritance
EditorsP Humeman, D Walsh
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages159-187
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780199377176
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Development
  • Form
  • Function
  • Idealization
  • Material inference
  • Mechanistic explanation
  • Pluralism
  • Structure
  • Theory

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Love, A. C. (2017). Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory: A different kind of challenge. In P. Humeman, & D. Walsh (Eds.), Challenging the Modern Synthesis: Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance (pp. 159-187). New York: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199377176.003.0005

Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory : A different kind of challenge. / Love, Alan C.

Challenging the Modern Synthesis: Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance. ed. / P Humeman; D Walsh. New York : Oxford University Press, 2017. p. 159-187.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Love, AC 2017, Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory: A different kind of challenge. in P Humeman & D Walsh (eds), Challenging the Modern Synthesis: Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 159-187. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199377176.003.0005
Love AC. Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory: A different kind of challenge. In Humeman P, Walsh D, editors, Challenging the Modern Synthesis: Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance. New York: Oxford University Press. 2017. p. 159-187 https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199377176.003.0005
Love, Alan C. / Evo-devo and the structure(s) of evolutionary theory : A different kind of challenge. Challenging the Modern Synthesis: Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance. editor / P Humeman ; D Walsh. New York : Oxford University Press, 2017. pp. 159-187
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