Friday, January 30, 2009

supplementary reading for 02/04/09

A classic paper from Gould and Lewontin.

Gould, SJ and RC Lewontin. 1979. The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences 205 (1161):581-598. (available at a lot of places as PDF, here's a copy from University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign)

This paper isn't on the official menu but I think it's a good quasi-contemporary review of the Gould and Lewontin paper (as borrowed from the reading list of the evolutionary biology course I took once upon a time...)

Pigliucci, M and J Kaplan. 2000. The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15 (2):66-70 (pdf available here)

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