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There's something afoot in the evolution of ontogenies

Authors
  • Klingenberg, Christian Peter1
  • 1 University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences, Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT, UK , Manchester (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jul 22, 2010
Volume
10
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-221
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Allometry, the association between size and shape, has long been considered an evolutionary constraint because of its ability to channel variation in particular directions in response to evolution of size. Several recent studies, however, have demonstrated that allometries themselves can evolve. Therefore, constraints based on these allometries are not constant over long evolutionary time scales. The changes in ontogeny appear to have a clear adaptive basis, which establishes a feedback loop from adaptive change of ontogeny through the altered developmental constraints to the potential for further evolutionary change. Altogether, therefore, this new evidence underscores the tight interactions between developmental and ecological factors in the evolution of morphological traits.

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