Evolutionary analyses should include pluralistic and falsifiable hypotheses

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):522-523 (2002)
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Andrews et al. attempt to clarify the standards for determining whether traits are adaptations. The authors argue that tests of adaptationist hypotheses best proceed by assessing the consistency of the traits with the proposed standards. Critical tests of such standards must assess inconsistency – hypotheses must be falsifiable. To fully understand trait evolution, we must consider both adaptive and nonadaptive hypotheses.



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