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Proximate Versus Ultimate Causation and Evo-Devo

Brown, Rachael


Made famous by Ernst Mayr (1961), the distinction between proximate and ultimate causation in biological explanation is widely seen as a key tenet of evolutionary theory and a central organizing principle for evolutionary research. The study of immediate, individual-level mechanistic causes of development or physiology (“proximate causation”) is distinguished from the study of historical, population-level statistical causes in evolutionary biology (“ultimate causation”). Since evolutionary...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-03-27
Type: Journal article
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33038-9_97-1


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