Multidimensional Analysis of an Evolving Lineage

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Science  02 Oct 1987:
Vol. 238, Issue 4823, pp. 42-48
DOI: 10.1126/science.238.4823.42


To identify the forces directing organismal evolution, a general analytical system is developed to synthesize structuralist and Darwinian traditions in an explicitly historical framework. Morphological features of lungless salamanders are examined to identify hierarchical systems of developmental and functional constraint on evolution and their interactions with processes at the genic and populational levels. Characteristic patterns of change occur repeatedly in the evolutionary history of this group.