Evodevo as a discipline

Since its inception in the early 1980s, evo-devo has evolved into a mature discipline. This is manifest in the naming of research groups, scientific journals and books, professional meetings and societies. Despite such formal attributes of a scientific discipline it is often unclear what constitutes its conceptual distinctiveness. Does evo-devo have its own set of specific questions and research methods? Does it solve biological problems that cannot be solved by other approaches? And does it represent a significant change in the theoretical understanding of development and evolution? That is, in which way do the goals, the empirical programs and the theories of evo-devo research differ from those of neighbouring disciplines such as developmental biology or evolutionary biology? The present chapter provides a concise overview of the current status of evo-devo as a discipline. This requires a short reflection on its history.

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