On 4/17/2013 2:31 PM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
it's deeper than that. There is a many-to-many mapping between genotype and phenotype. The same phenotype can be expressed in ways that are immediately the same but are more or less susceptible to future adaptations.
That's very vague. Does "susceptible to future adaptations" just mean more likely to produce mutant offspring. Or are you envisioning Lamarckian adaptation? How about an example
More adaptable versions may tend to survive more because they are more robust to uncertainty, leading to higher adaptability (or a more effective type of adaptability) in the future. There are some theories that propose that this might have been the case for the selection of DNA/RNA itself.
It's been proposed that the susceptibility to mutation is itself a characteristic subject to natural selection.
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