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Hugh Desmond
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Many have argued that there is no reason why natural selection should cause directional increases in measures such as body size or complexity across evolutionary history as a whole. In this paper I argue that this conclusion does not hold for selection for adaptations to environmental variability, and that, given the inevitability of environmental variability, trends in adaptations to variability are an expected feature of evolution by natural selection. As a concrete instance of this causal structure, I outline how this may be applied to a trend in phenotypic plasticity.
Keywords Evolutionary Trends  Natural selection  Phenotypic Plasticity  Environment  Evolution of Complexity
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsc.2018.04.002
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