Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) offers both an account of developmental process and also new integrative frameworks for analyzing interactions between development and evolution. Biologists and philosophers are keen on evo-devo in part because it appears to offer a comfort zone between, on the one hand, what some take to be the relative inability of mainstream evolutionary biology to integrate a developmental perspective; and, on the other hand, what some take to be more intractable syntheses of development and evolution. In this article, I outline core concerns of evo-devo, distinguish theoretical and practical variants, and counter Sterelny's recent argument that evo-devo's attention to development, while important, offers no significant, challenge to evolutionary theory as we know it.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science