There are two claims that define Process Structuralism. First is that development has a strong influence on the kinds of phenotypes available for selection, bringing developmental phenomena to bear on evolutionary theory. Developmental processes are fundamentally developmental constraints explaining biological phenomena, such as the conservation of traits across phylogeny, in terms of developmental processes biasing the variation in phenotypic forms available for selection. Distinctive is the second claim, the ontological assertion that biological kinds can be individuated in terms of the kinds of structures that emerge from the dynamic process of cellular and physiological development, rather than in terms of historically contingent common descent. The dynamical process of development generate stable archetypal organismic structures, these constitute what was called a bauplan.
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