The Importance of a Constructivist View

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Science  23 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5657, pp. 472-474
DOI: 10.1126/science.1091922

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Niche Construction The Neglected Process in Evolution. by F. John Odling-Smee, Kevin N. Laland, and Marcus W. Feldman. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2003. 488 pp. $75, £49.95. ISBN 0-691-04438-4. Paper, $39.50, £26.95. ISBN 0-691-04437-6. Monographs in Population Biology 37.

The authors combine empirical data, conceptual models, and theoretical population genetics to extend evolutionary theory by formally including processes of organism-driven environmental modification.