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J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2015 Nov;324(7):565-77. doi: 10.1002/jez.b.22631. Epub 2015 Jun 11.

Extended evolution: A conceptual framework for integrating regulatory networks and niche construction.

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1
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
2
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
3
Marine Biological Laboratory, Wood Hole, Massachusetts.
4
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

This paper introduces a conceptual framework for the evolution of complex systems based on the integration of regulatory network and niche construction theories. It is designed to apply equally to cases of biological, social and cultural evolution. Within the conceptual framework we focus especially on the transformation of complex networks through the linked processes of externalization and internalization of causal factors between regulatory networks and their corresponding niches and argue that these are an important part of evolutionary explanations. This conceptual framework extends previous evolutionary models and focuses on several challenges, such as the path-dependent nature of evolutionary change, the dynamics of evolutionary innovation and the expansion of inheritance systems.

PMID:
26097188
PMCID:
PMC4744698
DOI:
10.1002/jez.b.22631
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