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Badyaev, A.V. 2013. Defining epigenetics in deterministic terms. Review of Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype by B. Hallgrimsson and B. K. Hall (Univ. California Press. 2011) and The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey (Columbia Univ. Press, 2012). BioScience 63: 224-228.

The crucial question is whether traveling on this road from genotype to phenotype, across multiple levels of organization and layers of life's complexity, is synonymous to moving from the cause to the effect...

 


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Badyaev, A.V. 2010. The Morning after the Year of Darwin. Review of The Laws of Evolution and the Derived Lawlike Principles by S. Haywood (Oxford). Auk: Internat. J. Ornithol 127: 961-963.

As the western scientific community reflects on the Year of Darwin festivities, with its self-congratulatory portrayals of the state of evolutionary theory and self-serving revisions of its history, the Laws of Evolution gives us pause...

 


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Badyaev, A.V. 2008. Evolution despite natural selection? Emergence theory and the ever elusive link between adaptation and adaptability. Acta Biotheoretica 56: 249-255.

Does adaptability evolve in concert with adaptation or independently of it, emerging as a by-product of organismal existence regardless of the fitness consequences per se? Answering this question would resolve a number of paradoxes in evolutionary biology. In genomics, it would explain...

 


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Badyaev, A.V. 2005. The origin and diversification of organismal forms: A long-awaited evolutionary synthesis. Review of Developmental Plasticity and Evolution by Mary Jane West-Eberhard (Oxford Univ Press). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 128: 703-707.

Where do new tissues, organs, behaviors, and species come from? How does a zygote “know” to develop into an elephant or into a saguaro? Where do genes originally come from? Population geneticists, community ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and creationists would, of course, give seemingly different yet ...

 

 


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Badyaev, A.V. 2004. Rigorous science for exaggerated traits. Review of Mating Systems and Strategies by Stephen M. Shuster & Michael J. Wade (Princeton Monographs in Behavior and Ecology). Ecology 85: 1472–1474.

Open any behavoral ecology journal and the trend is unmistakable. There is profound change in an empirical studies of sexual selection and mate choice. An explosion of sexual selection studies of the 1980s and early 1990s addressing population- and species-level patterns of sexual displays appears to be replaced by studies that focus on the fitness optimization of individual males and females...

 

 


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