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The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations
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The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations: A Theory of Transformative Change in Living Systems

Andreas Wagner

Abstract

The history of life is a nearly four billion-year-old story of transformative change. This change ranges from dramatic macroscopic innovations such as the evolution of wings or eyes, to a myriad of molecular changes that form the basis of macroscopic innovations. We are familiar with many examples of innovations (qualitatively new phenotypes that provide a critical benefit) but have no systematic understanding of the principles that allow organisms to innovate. This book presents several such principles as the basis of a theory of innovation, integrating recent knowledge about complex molecula ... More

Keywords: biological systems, innovation, molecular phenotypes, Darwin, metabolism, RNA molecules, neutralism, selectionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692590.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Wagner, author
Institute of Biochemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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