The Origins of Novelty in Evolution

The text for the course is Mark W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhart, The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma (2005) Yale University Press.  Here is a course description.  

On the Research Subjects and Resources page you will find some resources to help with your research.

On the Additional Resources page you will (surprise!) find some additional resources.

Reading Assignments

Visual aids

and other materials used in class sessions

Session 1, February 23:  Introduction

Session 2, March 2:  History of Evolution

Session 3, March 9:  Phenotypic Plasticity

Session 4, March 16:  Plasticity concluded, introduction to Linkage

Session 5, March 30:  Weak Linkage

Session 6, April 6:  Exploratory Processes

Session 7, April 13:  Compartmentation:  Ontogeny

Session 8, April 20:  Compartmentation:  Phylogeny

Session 9, April 27:  Summary

Session 10, May 4:   Coda

Optional Extra Session, May 22:   Visit with Dr. Kirschner