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A public goods approach to major evolutionary innovations

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dc.contributor.author Erwin, Douglas H. en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-20T15:15:34Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-20T15:15:34Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Erwin, Douglas H. 2015. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/25363">A public goods approach to major evolutionary innovations</a>." <em>Geobiology</em>. 13 (4):308&ndash;315. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12137">https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12137</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1472-4669
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/25363
dc.description.abstract The history of life is marked by a small number of major transitions, whether viewed from a genetic, ecological, or geological perspective. Specialists from various disciplines have focused on the packaging of information to generate new evolutionary individuals, on the expansion of ecological opportunity, or the abiotic drivers of environmental change to which organisms respond as the major drivers of these episodes. But the critical issue for understanding these major evolutionary transitions (METs) lies in the interactions between environmental, ecologic, and genetic change. Here, I propose that public goods may serve as one currency of such interactions: biological products that are non-excludable and non-rivalrous. Such biological public goods may be involved in either the generation of new evolutionary variation, as with genetic sequences that are easily transferred between different microbial lineages, or in the construction of new ecological niches, as with the progressive oxygenation of the oceans and atmosphere. Attention to public goods emphasizes the processes by which organisms actively construct their own evolutionary opportunities. Such public goods may have facilitated some METs. en
dc.relation.ispartof Geobiology en
dc.title A public goods approach to major evolutionary innovations en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 135691
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/gbi.12137
rft.jtitle Geobiology
rft.volume 13
rft.issue 4
rft.spage 308
rft.epage 315
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Paleobiology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 308
dc.citation.epage 315

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