Ecodynamics pp 77-85 | Cite as

Dynamics of Developmentally Constrained Populations

  • M. Kerszberg
Conference paper
Part of the Research Reports in Physics book series (RESREPORTS)


The structure of biological organisms is known to be subject to developmental constraints [1]. The possible effects of such constraints on the evolutionary fate of species have been the center of much debate lately [2]. In the present work, I investigate, by computer simulation, the dynamics of populations in which each individual is endowed with a developmental program responsible for expressing in a constrained fashion its genotype into a set of phenotypic characters. I find that survival of species may be enhanced by certain types of developmental mechanisms: these are nonlinear and involve three basic ingredients, namely
  • error correction (many small mutations have no phenotypic effect);

  • pleiotropism (one mutation may affect more than a single phenotypic character);

  • polygenic inheritance (a given phenotypic character is under the dependence of many genes).


Error Correction Majority Rule Phenotypic Character Developmental Mechanism Adaptive Landscape 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kerszberg
    • 1
  1. 1.IFF der KFAJülichFed. Rep. of Germany

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