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Computational PhenotypesTowards an Evolutionary Developmental Biolinguistics$
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Sergio Balari and Guillermo Lorenzo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665464.001.0001

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My Beloved Monster

My Beloved Monster

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(p.26) 2 My Beloved Monster
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Computational Phenotypes
Author(s):

Sergio Balari

Guillermo Lorenzo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665464.003.0002

The main theme of the chapter revolves around the notion of “monster,” both in its biological and social dimensions, in order to explain the processes that eventually brought about the appearance of modern humans, conceptualized in two basic steps. The first step would correspond to the appearance and subsequent consolidation of a developmental monstrosity in the mind/brain of a subpopulation of hominids. Such a monstrosity, just a would-be FL at this stage, would initially have had a negative impact by turning these individuals into social monsters in the eyes of their conspecifics, with the effect of generating a reproductive barrier and thus opening the way to a process of speciation. The process would only culminate with the advent of a number of environmental circumstances giving rise to a population bottleneck, altering the genetic makeup of the population, and favoring the preservation of the original developmental monstrosity.

Keywords:   teratology, speciation, schismogenesis, population bottlenecks, plasticity, adaptability

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