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Evolutionary Theory

The integration of development with evolutionary theory requires the formulation of specific, testable concepts and the establishment of formal models, in order to guide future empirical research. Our work in this domain is concentrating in particular on the phenomena of morphological organization (such as homology and homoplasy), the developmental origins of structural innovations, and the effects of developmental constraints on the course and pattern of phenotypic evolution. We foster the conceptual integration of evolutionary theory leading towards an extended evolutionary synthesis.


Recent publications:

Laland K, Uller T, Feldman M, Sterelny K, Müller GB, Moczek A, Jablonka E, Odling-Smee J, Wray JA, Hoekstra HE, Futuyma DJ, Lenski RE, Mackay TFC, Schluter D, Strassmann JE (2014) Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? Nature 514:161-164

Müller GB (2014) EvoDevo shapes the Extended Synthesis (editorial). Biological Theory 9:119-121

Capek D, Metscher BD and Müller GB (2014). Thumbs Down: a molecular-morphogenetic approach to avian digit homology. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 322B:1-12

Noble D, Jablonka E, Joyner M, Müller GB, Omholt S (2014) Evolution evolves: physiology returns to centre stage. J. Physiol. 592(11):2237-2244

Nuño de la Rosa L, Müller GB, Metscher BD (2014). The lateral mesodermal divide: an epigenetic model of the origin of paired fins. Evolution & Development 16(1): 38-48

Peterson T and Müller GB (2013). What is evolutionary novelty? Process vs. character based definitions. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 320B: 345-350.

Müller GB (2013). Beyond spandrels: EvoDevo, S.J. Gould, and the Extended Synthesis. In: Stephen Jay Gould: The Scientific Legacy (G.A. Danieli, A. Minelli, and T. Pievani eds.) pp 85-99. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 

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