Evo-devo, modularity, and evolvability: Insights for cultural evolution

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (4):361-362 (2006)
Abstract
Evolutionary developmental biology (“evo-devo”) may provide insights and new methods for studies of cognition and cultural evolution. For example, I propose using cultural selection and individual learning to examine constraints on cultural evolution. Modularity, the idea that traits vary independently, can facilitate evolution (increase “evolvability”), because evolution can act on one trait without disrupting another. I explore links between cognitive modularity, evolutionary modularity, and cultural evolvability. (Published Online November 9 2006).
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X06399086
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