Challenges to the Evolutionary Synthesis
A Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series featuring Douglas Futuyma, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2320 Life Sciences Building
From the 1970’s to the present, researchers in several areas of study, specially paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology, have argued that the evolutionary principles developed during the Evolutionary (or Modern) Synthesis are inadequate, or even significantly in error. I will consider whether or not major changes or extensions to the Evolutionary Synthesis are warranted, by considering such issues as punctuated equilibrium, evolutionary constraints, and the proposition that phenotypic plasticity is often the leading step in adaptive evolution, leaving genes in the role of followers.