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Evolution of Development Ehab Abouheif, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
 

Summary: Evolution of Development
Ehab Abouheif, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Gregory A Wray,Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
The field of evolutionary developmental biology provides a framework with which to
elucidate the `black box' that exists between evolution of the genotype and phenotype by
focusing the attention of researchers on the way in which genes and developmental
processes evolve to give rise to morphological diversity.
Introduction
At the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth
century, the fields of evolutionary and developmental
biology were inseparable. Evolutionary biologists used
comparative embryology to reconstruct ancestors and
phyletic relationships, and embryologists in turn used
evolutionary history to explain many of the processes
observed during animal development. This close relation-
ship ended after the rise of experimental embryology and
Mendelian genetics at the beginning of the twentieth
century. Now, after almost 100 years of separation, these
two fields have reunited to form a distinct discipline called
`evolutionary developmental biology', whose aim is to

  

Source: Abouheif, Ehab - Department of Biology, McGill University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology