Adaptive trends and parallel evolution generated by niche construction
Led by Kevin Laland, John Odling-Smee, Hilton Japyassu, Sally Street & Susan Healy
This project tests the hypothesis that animal artefact building (e.g. nests and webs) generates consistent and predictable selection pressures, which lead to consistent responses to selection across taxa and in turn, predictable evolutionary trends and parallel patterns across diverse traits. We are compiling data on nest building in birds and fishes, and web building in spiders, making predictions about expected selective responses to this niche-constructing activity, and testing these predictions using comparative phylogenetic methods.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification