Developmental Systems Theory
Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Griffiths, P. E. 2001. Developmental Systems Theory. eLS. .
- Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Developmental systems theory (DST) is a wholeheartedly epigenetic approach to development and evolution. The developmental system of an organism is the entire matrix of resources that are needed to reproduce the life cycle. The range of developmental resources that are properly described as being inherited, and which are subject to natural selection, is far wider than has traditionally been allowed.