October 16 2013

12:00 LSB 2320

Douglas Futuyma
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University

Challenges to the Evolutionary Synthesis Challenges to the Evolutionary Synthesis


From the 1970’s to the present, researchers in several areas of study, specially paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology, have argued that the evolutionary principles developed during the Evolutionary (or Modern) Synthesis are inadequate, or even significantly in error. I will consider whether or not major changes or extensions to the Evolutionary Synthesis are warranted, by considering such issues as punctuated equilibrium, evolutionary constraints, and the proposition that phenotypic plasticity is often the leading step in adaptive evolution, leaving genes in the role of followers.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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