Developmental constraints on adaptation

Richard Gordon gordonr at cc.UManitoba.CA
Thu Mar 25 17:53:10 EST 1999

Dear Guy,
Here's a list of papers on developmental constraints. You might also want
to see the theory in my book (see signature).
Yours, -Dick Gordon

>I am looking for a good, general reference on developmental constraints on
>adaptation.  If one does not exist, then a reference for a good specific
>example will do.  I would appreciate any recommendations that you might be
>able to provide.
>Guy Hoelzer
>Department of Biology
>University of Nevada Reno
>Reno, NV  89557

Alberch, P.A. (1982a). Developmental constraints in evolutionary processes.
In: J.T. Bonner (ed.), Evolution and Development, Berlin: Springer-Verlag,
p. 313-332.

Alberch, P.A. (1985b). Developmental constraints: why St. Bernards often
have an extra digit and poodles never do. Amer. Nat.  126(3), 430-433.

Alberch, P.A. (1995). Developmental pattern and constraint in evolutionary
analysis: What insights has the study of urodeles provided? Int. J. Dev.
Biol.  in preparation.

Bodnar, J.W., G.S. Jones & C.H. Ellis Jr. (1989). The domain model for
eukaryotic DNA organization. 2: A molecular basis for constraints on
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Charlesworth, B. & R. Lande (1982). Morphological stasis and developmental
constraint: no problem for Neo-Darwinism. Nature  296, 610.

Cheverud, J.M. (1984). Quantitative genetics and developmental constraints
on evolution by selection. J. Theor. Biol.  110, 155-171.

Gerard, J.F., M. Vancassel & B. Laffort (1993). Spread of phenotypic
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Goldsmith, T.H. (1990). Optimization, constraint, and history in the
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Hendriks, W., J. Leunissen, E. Nevo, H. Bloemendal & de-Jong-WW (1987). The
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Holder, N. (1983). The vertebrate limb: patterns and constraints in
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Holder, N. (1983a). Developmental constraints and the evolution of
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Kauffman, S.A. (1983). Developmental constraints: internal factors in
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Kerszberg, M. (1989). Developmental canalization can enhance species
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Kieser, J.A. (1987). Epigenetic canalization and phenotypic change: a
minimax model. Med. Hypotheses  22(1), 105-110.

Langille, R.M. & B.K. Hall (1989a). Developmental processes, developmental
sequences and early vertebrate phylogeny. Biol. Rev. Camb. Philos. Soc.
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Larsen, E.W. (1992). Tissue strategies as developmental constraints:
implications for animal evolution. Trends Ecol. Evol.  7, 414-417.

Levinton, J.S. (1978). Developmental constraints and evolutionary
saltation: a discussion and critique. In: J.P. Gustafson & F.J. Ayala
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Levinton, J.S. (1986). Developmental constraints and saltations: a
discussion and critique. In: G.L. Stebbins, F.J. Ayala & J.P. Gustafson
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Maynard Smith, J., R.M. Burian, S.A. Kauffman, P.A. Alberch, J. Campbell,
B.C. Goodwin, R. Lande, D. Raup & L. Wolpert (1985). Developmental
constraints and evolution: a perspective from the Mountain Lake conference
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Minelli, A., G. Fusco & S. Sartori (1991). Self-similarity in biological
classifications. BioSystems  26(2), 89-97.

Oster, G.F. & J.D. Murray (1989). Pattern formation models and
developmental constraints. J. Exp. Zool.  251(2), 186-202.

Raff, E.C., H.B. Diaz, H.D. Hoyle, J.A. Hutchens, M. Kimble, R.A. Raff,
J.E. Rudolph & M.A. Subler (1987a). Origin of multiple gene families: are
there both functional and regulatory constraints? In: R.A. Raff & E.C. Raff
(eds.), Development as an Evolutionary Process, New York: Alan R. Liss, p.

Raff, R.A. (1987). Constraint, flexibility, and phylogenetic history in the
evolution of direct development in sea urchins. Dev. Biol.  119(1), 6-19.

Raff, R.A., G.A. Wray & J.J. Henry (1991). Implications of radical
evolutionary changes in early development for concepts of developmental
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Evolution, New York: A.R. Liss, p. ?-?

Rasmussen, N. (1987). A new model of developmental constraints as applied
to the Drosophila  system. J. Theor. Biol.  127(3), 271-299.

Resnik, D. (1995). Developmental constraints and patterns: some pertinent
distinctions. J. Theor. Biol.  173(3), 231-240.

Roth, G., B. Rottluff & R. Linke (1988). Miniaturization, genome size and
the origin of functional constraints in the visual system of salamanders.
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Strathmann, R.R. (1995). Peculiar constraints on life histories imposed by
protective or nutritive devices for embryos. Amer. Zool.  35, 426-433.

Tabin, C.J. (1992). Why we have (only) five fingers per hand: hox genes and
the evolution of paired limbs. Development  116(2), 289-296.

Tuinstra, E.J., G. De Jong & W. Scharloo (1990). Lack of response to family
selection for directional asymmetry in Drosophila melanogaster:  left and
right are not distinguished in development. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B Biol.
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Wagner, G.P. (1988). The significance of developmental constraints for
phenotypic evolution by natural selection. In: G. de Jong (ed.), Population
Genetics and Evolution, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, p. 222-229.

Wagner, G.P. & B.Y. Misof (1993). How can a character be developmentally
constrained despite variation in developmental pathways? J. Evol. Biol.  6,

Williamson, P.G. (1981a). Morphological stasis and developmental
constraint: real problems for neo-Darwinism. Nature  294, 214-215.

Wimsatt, W.C. (1986). Developmental constraints, generative entrenchment,
and the innate acquired distinction. In: W. Bechtel (ed.), Integrating
Scientific Disciplines, Dordrecht: Martinus-Nijhoff, p. 185-208.

Zelditch, M.L., F.L. Bookstein & B.L. Lundrigan (1993). The ontogenetic
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Dr. Richard Gordon, Radiology, U. Manitoba, HSC, 820 Sherbrook Street,
Winnipeg R3A 1R9 Canada, Phone: (204) 789-3828, fax: (204)
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