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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Evolution of Evolvability

Evolution of Evolvability

(p.379) 15 Evolution of Evolvability
Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Günter P. Wagner

Jeremy Draghi

The MIT Press

This chapter offers an essay on the evolution of evolvability. It investigates the most frequently cited arguments against the possibility that the evolution of evolvability might be the result of selection favoring more evolvable genotypes. The chapter argues that all these arguments have not been rigorously analyzed by their proponents, and are thus a self-inflicted blind spot in evolutionary biology, and indicates that there are no deep conceptual obstacles for population genetic theory to explain the evolution of evolvability. The very focus on this subject will help shift the perspective of evolutionary biology toward a more holistic, systemic view of evolution.

Keywords:   evolvability, evolution, genotypes, evolutionary biology, population genetic theory

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