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Evolution and Development

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[New Entry by Jan Baedke and Scott F. Gilbert on July 8, 2020.] The relationship between development and evolution has recently become a lively debated topic among philosophers and biologists. This interest has been increasingly stirred through at least four developments since the 1990s: First, through new findings of the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying the development and evolution of all morphological forms in multicellular organisms. This discovery eventually led to the foundation of the new field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). Second, the ability to rapidly...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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