E&EB 122 - Lecture 7 - The Importance of Development in Evolution
Lecture 7 - The Importance of Development in Evolution
Development is responsible for the complexity of multicellular organisms. It helps to map the genotype into the phenotype expressed by the organism. Development is responsible for ancient patterns among related organisms, and many structures important to development shared by many life forms have changed little over hundreds of millions of years. Development is expressed combinatorially, allowing a relatively small amount of genetic information to be expressed in many different ways.
Stearns, Stephen C. and Rolf Hoekstra. Evolution: An Introduction, chapter 6