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What Is Biodiversity?$
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James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226500805

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500829.001.0001

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Development and Diversity

Development and Diversity

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What Is Biodiversity?

Maclaurin James

Sterelny Kim

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers hidden biodiversity. Variation between both populations and individuals can be morphologically invisible. Two populations can be phenotypically similar yet vary in their genetic resources or in the distribution of those resources. Two individuals can be phenotypically similar, yet differ in their developmental biology. The lineages that those individuals represent might therefore have very different fates or potentials. The chapter sketches the range of developmental resources (and hence differences in those resources) that contribute to evolutionary plasticity. It then illustrates these issues by discussing a salient case in more detail, namely developmental modularity, currently the hottest of hot topics in evolutionary developmental biology.

Keywords:   hidden biodiversity, developmental modularity, developmental resources, evolutionary plasticity

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