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Nature Reviews Genetics 8, 943-949 (December 2007) | doi:10.1038/nrg2219

OpinionEvo–devo: extending the evolutionary synthesis

Gerd B. Müller1  About the author

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Evolutionary developmental biology (evo–devo) explores the mechanistic relationships between the processes of individual development and phenotypic change during evolution. Although evo–devo is widely acknowledged to be revolutionizing our understanding of how the development of organisms has evolved, its substantial implications for the theoretical basis of evolution are often overlooked. This essay identifies major theoretical themes of current evo–devo research and highlights how its results take evolutionary theory beyond the boundaries of the Modern Synthesis.

Author affiliations

  1. Gerd B. Müller is at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14 A-1090 Wien, Austria, and at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, A-3421 Altenberg, Austria.
    Email: gerhard.mueller@univie.ac.at

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