Epigenetics, Evolutionary biology
Evolutionary biology is currently experiencing an emergence of several research topics that transcend the boundaries of the Modern Synthesis, which was the last major conceptual integration in evolutionary biology . The Modern Synthesis used the concepts of population genetics to integrate Mendelian genetics with evolution by natural selection . Pigliucci [3, and citations within] identified several major areas of innovation that transcend the Modern Synthesis: epigenetics, evolvability, phenotypic plasticity, evolution on adaptive landscapes, evolutionary developmental biology, and systems biology. Integrating these new ideas with the Modern Synthesis will form a new conceptual framework of evolution, which they termed the Extended Synthesis, as it will extend, rather than refute, the Modern Synthesis . This subject has been the focus of much recent work, and an excellent description is provided in the book Evolution—The Extended Synthesis .
Citation / Publisher Attribution
Schrey, A.W., C.L. Richards, V. Meller, V. Sollars & D.M. Ruden. 2012. The Role of Epigenetics in Evolution: The Extended Synthesis. Genetics Research International 2012, Article ID 286164. doi:10.1155/2012/286164
Scholar Commons Citation
Schrey, Aaron W.; Richards, Christina L.; Meller, Victoria; Sollars, Vincent; and Ruden, Douglas M., "The role of epigenetics in evolution: The extended synthesis" (2012). Integrative Biology Faculty and Staff Publications. Paper 35.