Evolutionary Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 312–316

Phenotypic Integration Patterns Support an Account of Homology as a Manifestation of Evolvability

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DOI: 10.1007/s11692-008-9039-2

Cite this article as:
Jamniczky, H.A. Evol Biol (2008) 35: 312. doi:10.1007/s11692-008-9039-2

Abstract

Data gleaned from the study of phenotypic integration provide important empirical support for a recent theoretical advance in evolutionary developmental biology, in which the phenomenon of homology is construed as an aspect of evolvability. The presence of highly conserved phenotypic covariation structure among distantly related taxa suggests the action of developmental processes that allow the generation of variation while maintaining stability and functionality.

Keywords

Homology Evolvability Covariation Integration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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