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Developmental Systems Theory

  1. Paul E Griffiths

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003452



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Griffiths, P. E. 2001. Developmental Systems Theory. eLS. .

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  1. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


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.


  • development;
  • evolution;
  • genetics;
  • epigenesis;
  • information