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Defending Evo‐Devo: A Response to Hoekstra and Coyne*

Lindsay R. Craig
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 76, No. 3 (July 2009), pp. 335-344
DOI: 10.1086/649808
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/649808
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Abstract

The study of evolutionary developmental biology (“evo‐devo”) has recently experienced a dramatic surge in popularity among researchers and theorists concerned with evolution. However, some biologists and philosophers remain skeptical of the claims of evo‐devo. This paper discusses and responds to the recent high profile criticisms of evo‐devo presented by biologists Hopi E. Hoekstra and Jerry A. Coyne. I argue that their objections are unconvincing. Indeed, empirical research supports the main tenets of evo‐devo, including the claim that morphological evolution is the result of cis‐regulatory change and the distinction that evo‐devo draws between morphological and physiological traits.

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