Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tinbergen's four questions

i like this model

Diachronic versus synchronic perspective
Dynamic view
Explanation of current form in terms of a historical sequence
Static view
Explanation of the current form of species
How vs. why questionsProximate view
How an individual organism's structures function
Developmental explanations for changes in individuals, from DNA to their current form
Mechanism (causation)
Mechanistic explanations for how an organism's structures work
Evolutionary (ultimate) view
Why a species evolved the structures (adaptations) it has
The history of the evolution of sequential changes in a species over many generations
Adaptation (function)
A species trait that evolved to solve a reproductive or survival problem in the ancestral environment

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