History of Developmental Evolution

Developmental Evolution is a tradition within evolutionary biology with a very long history. It focuses on the mechanistic (cellular, developmental, genomic) causes that generate phenotypes and phenotypic variation. While it is often seen as an "alternative" to mainstream population genetics, it is in fact a complementary and necessary approach to theories of evolutionary dynamics. This project looks at the history of this tradition as a big data problem, combining the reconstruction of individual contributions and research programs with computational analysis of the conceptual dynamics of evolutionary biology at large.