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Exapting exaptation

Larson, G.; Stephens, P.A.; Tehrani, J.; Layton, R.H.

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G. Larson

R.H. Layton


The term exaptation was introduced to encourage biologists to consider alternatives to adaptation to explain the origins of traits. Here, we discuss why exaptation has proved more successful in technological than biological contexts, and propose a revised definition of exaptation applicable to both genetic and cultural evolution.


Larson, G., Stephens, P., Tehrani, J., & Layton, R. (2013). Exapting exaptation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28(9), 497-498.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2013
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2013
Publicly Available Date Apr 30, 2014
Journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Print ISSN 0169-5347
Publisher Cell Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 9
Pages 497-498


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28, 9, 2013, 10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.018.

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