Analysing evolutionary phenomena in theoretical morphospaces

There is no necessary link between theoretical morphology and adaptation ... Theoretical morphology is about form and possibility; adaptation is about function and efficiency in the realm of the actual. Adaptation can certainly shape the occupation of morphospace; but because the model underlying a morphospace can produce nonfunctional possibilities, the morphogenetic process itself is nonadaptive ... the [model] parameters themselves cannot be adaptive, only their values can.

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