RENDICONTI LINCEI

, 20:297

Darwinism in the twenty-first century

Review

DOI: 10.1007/s12210-009-0067-3

Cite this article as:
West-Eberhard, M.J. Rend. Fis. Acc. Lincei (2009) 20: 297. doi:10.1007/s12210-009-0067-3

Abstract

Darwin (1859) formulated a comprehensive explanation of evolution by natural selection, including a molecular theory of inheritance and the realization that novel adaptive traits could originate by environmental induction. While the twentieth century was the age of the gene in evolutionary biology, the twenty-first century promises to be the age of the environment: developmental genetics, alongside Mendelian transmission genetics, and a growing appreciation of environmental effects on organisms, represents a return to Darwin’s original view of how adaptive evolution works.

Keywords

GeneticsGene expressionAdaptive evolutionGenetic accommodationNovel traitsEnvironmental change

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Escuela de BiologiaUniversidad de Costa Rica, Ciudad Universitaria “Rodrigo Facio”San JoseCosta Rica