Sir Patrick Bateson. "The Active Role of Behaviour in Evolution"


Location: 283 Galvin Life Sciences Building

Sir Patrick Bateson, FRS Professor of Ethology (Emeritus),
Cambridge University and President of the Zoological Society of London

Abstract: The orthodox position about biological evolution, still clung to by many, is that changes in genetic organization produce phenotypes that might or might not have a selective advantage over others.  Those organisms that survive and reproduce are essentially passive in the evolutionary process.  In opposition to this view much evidence suggests that a variety of processes operating in the life-time of the individual influence actively the evolution of its descendants.  These include dispersal, choice, control of the environment and developmental plasticity.  In this talk I shall review some of the evidence that requires a fresh approach to biological evolution.

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Sponsored by the Evolution Working Group