Settling nature and nurture into an ontogenetic niche
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1987 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 549–562, September 1987
How to Cite
West, M. J. and King, A. P. (1987), Settling nature and nurture into an ontogenetic niche. Dev. Psychobiol., 20: 549–562. doi: 10.1002/dev.420200508
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 APR 1987
- Manuscript Revised: 23 OCT 1986
- Manuscript Received: 6 AUG 1986
All organisms inherit parents' genes, but many also inherit parents, peers, and the places they inhabit as well. We suggest the term ontogenetic niche to signify the ecological and social legacies that accompany genes. A formal name is needed to give the idea of the inherited environment equal status with its conceptual cognates; nature and nurture. We argue here that increased recognition of the inherited environment facilitates unification efforts within the development sciences by emphasizing the affinity, rather than opposability, of ontogenetic processes.