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Mutation, Randomness, and Evolution

Arlin Stoltzfus


Mutation, Randomness, and Evolution presents a new understanding of how the course of evolution may reflect biases in variation and unites key concerns of molecular and microbial evolution, evo-devo, evolvability, and self-organization by placing these concerns on a solid theoretical and empirical foundation. It situates them within a broader movement away from externalism and towards a focus on the internal details of living systems, including their evolutionary causes and their predictable evolutionary consequences. In the neo-Darwinian theory, by contrast, selection is the potter and variat ... More

Keywords: theory, causation, population genetics, molecular evolution, parallelism, mutation bias, evo-devo, evolvability, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844457
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlin Stoltzfus, author
Fellow, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, Rockville, Maryland, USA