Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


exaptation

An evolutionary feature, such as a structure or behavior, that is adaptive, but has non-adaptive origins.  While the feature evolved through the process of natural selection,  it may originate non-adaptively as a by-product of other adaptive trait.

Evolution as Opportunist- Quanta Magazine

A latent capacity for evolutionary innovation through exaptation in metabolic systems - Nature


Topics
Evolution, Adaptation, Strategy
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