From exploration to justification: The importance of "special design" evidence

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The authors present a balanced critique of the adaptation/exaptation debate and specify some of the hard evidentiary criteria that are needed to advance our understanding of human evolution. Investigators must build more "special design" criteria into their theorizing and research. By documenting that certain traits meet these rigorous criteria, the evolutionary sciences will ultimately rest on a firmer theoretical foundation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-529
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002


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