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1 June 2003 IS EVOLVABILITY INVOLVED IN THE ORIGIN OF MODULAR VARIATION?
Andy Gardner, Willem Zuidema
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Lipson et al. (2002) presented an elegant linear algebraic formalism to define and study the evolution of modularity in an artificial evolving system. They employed simulation data to support their suggestion that modularity arises spontaneously in temporally fluctuating systems in response to selection for enhanced evolvability. We show analytically and by simulation that their correlate of modularity is itself under selection and so is not a reliable indicator of selection for modularity per se. In addition, we question the relation between modularity and evolvability in their simulations, suggesting that this modularity cannot confer enhanced evolvability.

Andy Gardner and Willem Zuidema "IS EVOLVABILITY INVOLVED IN THE ORIGIN OF MODULAR VARIATION?," Evolution 57(6), 1448-1450, (1 June 2003). https://doi.org/10.1554/03-056
Received: 22 January 2003; Accepted: 27 January 2003; Published: 1 June 2003
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KEYWORDS
Adaptability
canalization
fluctuating selection
pleiotropy
robustness
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