Is it time for an updated 'eco-evo-devo'definition of evolution by natural selection?

Spontaneous Generations 2 (1):1 (2008)

Abstract  A  lot  of science  has  passed  under  the  bridge since  the  classic definition of evolution as a change in gene frequencies in a population became common.  Much  knowledge  has  accumulated  since  then  about  evolution, heredity,  ecology,  development,  phenotypic  plasticity,  niche construction and genetic drift. Building on Van Valen’s description of evolution as “the control of development by ecology,” it is suggested that the classic definition be replaced by a updated ‘eco‐evo-evo’ definition of evolution by natural selection which acknowledges this accumulation.
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