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Exapting exaptation.

Larson, G. and Stephens, P.A. and Tehrani, J. and Layton, R.H. (2013) 'Exapting exaptation.', Trends in ecology and evolution., 28 (9). pp. 497-498.


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.

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Publisher statement: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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Date deposited:30 April 2014
Date of first online publication:September 2013
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