Publication details for Dr Jamie TehraniLarson, G., Stephens, P.A., Tehrani, J. & Layton, R.H. (2013). Exapting exaptation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(9): 497-498.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0169-5347
- DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.018
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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.