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Comment on "Gene Regulatory Networks and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans"

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Science  11 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5788, pp. 761
DOI: 10.1126/science.1126454

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Davidson and Erwin (Reviews, 10 February 2006, p. 796) argued that known microevolutionary processes cannot explain the evolution of large differences in development that characterize phyla. Instead, they proposed that phyla arise from novel evolutionary processes involving large mutations acting on conserved core pathways of development. I question some of their assumptions and show that natural selection adequately explains the origin of new phyla.

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