Quantifying exaptation in scientific evolution

19 Feb 2020 Ferreira Márcia R. Reisz Niklas Schueller William Servedio Vito D. P. Thurner Stefan Loreto Vittorio

Rediscovering a new function for something can be just as important as the discovery itself. In 1982, Stephen Jay Gould and Elisabeth Vrba named this phenomenon Exaptation to describe a radical shift in the function of a specific trait during biological evolution... (read more)

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