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Domestication as a model system for the extended evolutionary synthesis

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dc.contributor.author Zeder, Melinda A. en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-19T18:08:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-19T18:08:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Zeder, Melinda A. 2017. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/33189">Domestication as a model system for the extended evolutionary synthesis</a>." <em>Interface Focus</em>. 7 (5):20160133. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2016.0133">https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2016.0133</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 2042-8898
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/33189
dc.description.abstract One of the challenges in evaluating arguments for extending the conceptual framework of evolutionary biology involves the identification of a tractable model system that allows for an assessment of the core assumptions of the extended evolutionary synthesis (EES). The domestication of plants and animals by humans provides one such case study opportunity. Here, I consider domestication as a model system for exploring major tenets of the EES. First I discuss the novel insights that niche construction theory (NCT, one of the pillars of the EES) provides into the domestication processes, particularly as they relate to five key areas: coevolution, evolvability, ecological inheritance, cooperation and the pace of evolutionary change. This discussion is next used to frame testable predictions about initial domestication of plants and animals that contrast with those grounded in standard evolutionary theory, demonstrating how these predictions might be tested in multiple regions where initial domestication took place. I then turn to a broader consideration of how domestication provides a model case study consideration of the different ways in which the core assumptions of the EES strengthen and expand our understanding of evolution, including reciprocal causation, developmental processes as drivers of evolutionary change, inclusive inheritance, and the tempo and rate of evolutionary change. en
dc.relation.ispartof Interface Focus en
dc.title Domestication as a model system for the extended evolutionary synthesis en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 143672
dc.identifier.doi 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0133
rft.jtitle Interface Focus
rft.volume 7
rft.issue 5
rft.spage 20160133
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Anthropology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 20160133

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