Niche Inheritance: A Possible Basis for Classifying Multiple Inheritance Systems in Evolution

Biological Theory 2 (3):276-289 (2007)
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The theory of niche construction adds a second general inheritance system, ecological inheritance, to evolution . Ecological inheritance is the inheritance, via an external environment, of one or more natural selection pressures previously modified by niche-constructing organisms. This addition means descendant organisms inherit genes, and biotically transformed selection pressures in their environments, from their ancestors. The combined inheritance is called niche inheritance. Niche inheritance is used as a basis for classifying the multiple genetic and non-genetic, inheritance systems currently being proposed as possibly significant in evolution . Implications of niche inheritance for the relationship between evolution and development are discussed
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