Workshop Readings (Year 2)

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  • Friday (April 22) – Invited Experts

(I) Artyom Kopp

  • Essential Reading
  1. Kopp, A. 2011. Drosophila sex combs as a model of evolutionary innovations. Evolution & Development 13:504–522.
  2. Tanaka, K., O. Barmina, L.E. Sanders, M.N. Arbeitman, and A. Kopp. 2015. Evolution of sex-specific traits through changes in HOX-dependent doublesex expression. PLoS Biology 9:e1001131.
  •  Background Papers
  1. Monteiro, A. and O. Podlaha. 2009. Wings, horns, and butterfly eyespots: how do complex traits evolve? PLoS Biology 7:e1000037.
  2. Glassford, W.J., W.C. Johnson, N.R. Dall, S.J. Smith, Y. Liu, W. Boll, M. Noll, and M. Rebeiz. 2015. Co-option of an ancestral Hox-regulated network underlies a recently evolved morphological novelty. Developmental Cell 34:520–531.

(II) Vivian Irish

  • Essential Reading
  1. Irish, V.F. 2009. Evolution of petal identity. Journal of Experimental Botany 60:2517–2527.
  2. Geuten, K., and V.F. Irish. 2010. Hidden variability of floral homeotic B genes in Solanaceae provides a molecular basis for the evolution of novel functions. The Plant Cell 22: 2562–2578.
  • Background Papers
  1. Huang, T. and V.F. Irish. 2016. Gene networks controlling petal organogenesis. Journal of Experimental Botany 67:61–68.
  2. Kaufmann, K., R. Melzer, and G. Theißen. 2005. MIKC-type MADS-domain proteins: structural modularity, protein interactions and network evolution in land plants. Gene 347:183–198.
  3. Puzey, J.R., S.J. Gerbode, S.A. Hodges, E.M. Kramer, and L. Mahadevan. 2012. Evolution of spur-length diversity in Aquilegia petals is achieved solely through cell-shape anisotropy. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 279:1640–1645.

(III) Jukka Jernvall

  • Essential Reading
  1. Harjunmaa, E., K. Seidel, T. Häkkinen, E. Renvoisé, I.J. Corfe1, A. Kallonen, Z.-Q. Zhang, A.R. Evans, M.L. Mikkola, Isaac Salazar-Ciudad, O.D. Klein, and J. Jernvall. 2014. Replaying evolutionary transitions from the dental fossil record. Nature 512:44–48.
  2. Salazar-Ciudad, I. and J. Jernvall. 2013. The causality horizon and the developmental bases of morphological evolution. Biological Theory 8:286–292.
  • Background Papers
  1. Fraser, G.J., C.D. Hulsey, R.F. Bloomquist, K. Uyesugi, N.R. Manley, and J.T. Streelman. 2009. An ancient gene network is co-opted for teeth on old and new jaws. PLoS Biology 7:e1000031.
  2. Harjunmaa, E., A. Kallonen, M. Voutilainen, K. Hämäläinen, M.L. Mikkola, and J. Jernvall. 2012. On the difficulty of increasing dental complexity. Nature 483:324–327.
  3. Qu, Q., T. Haitina, M. Zhu, and P.E. Ahlberg. 2015. New genomic and fossil data illuminate the origin of enamel. Nature 526:108–111.

(IV) Armin Moczek

  • Essential Reading
  1. Zattara, E., H. Busey, D, Linz, Y. Tomoyasu, and A.P. Moczek. 2016. Neofunctionalization of embryonic patterning genes facilitates positioning of novel traits in the head of adult beetles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 283:20160824.
  2. Kijimoto, T., A.P. Moczek, and J. Andrews. 2012. Diversification of doublesex function underlies morph-, sex-, and species-specific development of beetle horns. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 20526–20531.

Background Papers

  1. Moczek, A.P. 2015. Re-evaluating the environment in developmental evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:1–8.
  2. Moczek, A.P., S. Sultan, S. Foster, C. Ledón-Rettig, I. Dworkin, H.F. Nijhout, E. Abouheif, and D.W. Pfennig. 2011. The role of developmental plasticity in evolutionary innovation.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 278:2705–2713.
  3. Kijimoto, T., and A.P. Moczek. under review. Hedgehog signaling enables nutrition-responsive inhibition of an alternative morph in a polyphenic beetle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113:5982-5987.


  • Saturday (April 23) – Topical Discussions

(I) Günter Wagner – Character Identity Networks

  • Background Papers
  1. Wagner, G.P. 2014. Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Chapter 3 & 6.

(II) Stuart Newman – Biogeneric Developmental Processes

  • Background Papers
  1. Newman, S.A. 2016. 'Biogeneric' developmental processes: drivers of major transitions in animal evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 371: 20150443.
  2. Moss, L., and S.A. Newman. 2015. The grassblade beyond Newton: the pragmatizing of Kant for evolutionary-developmental biology. Lebenswelt 7: 94–11
  3. Newman, S.A. 2014. Physico-genetics of morphogenesis: the hybrid nature of developmental mechanisms. In Towards a Theory of Development, edited by A. Minelli and T. Pradeu, 95–113. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(III) Natural Selection and Ecology

  • Background Papers
  1. Erwin, D.H. 2012. Novelties that change carrying capacity.  Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 318B:460–465.
  2. Pavlicev, M., and S. Widder. 2015. Wiring for independence: positive feedback motifs facilitate individuation of traits in development and evolution.  Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 324B:104–113.
  3. Rice, S.H. 2012. The place of development in mathematical evolutionary theory.  Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 318B:480–488.

(IV) Behavior and Function

  • Background Papers
  1. Brown, R.L. 2014. Identifying behavioral novelty. Biological Theory 9:135–148.
  2. Kaji, T., J. Keiler, T. Bourguignon, and T. Miurad. 2016. Functional transformation series and the evolutionary origin of novel forms: evidence from a remarkable termite defensive organ. Evolution & Development 18:78–88.
  3. Palmer, A.R. 2012. Developmental plasticity and the origin of novel forms: unveiling cryptic genetic variation via “use and disuse”. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 318B:466–479.

(V) Case Studies

  • Background Papers
  1. Barve, A. and A. Wagner. 2013. A latent capacity for evolutionary innovation through exaptation in metabolic systems. Nature 500:203–206.
  2. Buggs, R.J.A., L. Zhang, N. Miles, J.A. Tate, L. Gao, W. Wei, P.S. Schnable, W.B. Barbazuk, P.S. Soltis, and D.E. Soltis. 2011. Transcriptomic shock generates evolutionary novelty in a newly formed, natural allopolyploid plant. Current Biology 21:551–556.
  3. Fabrezi, M., S.I. Quinzio, J. Goldberg, J.C. Cruz, M.C. Pereyra, and R.J. Wassersug. 2016. Developmental changes and novelties in ceratophryid frogs. EvoDevo 7(5):1–16.
  4. Wallbank, R.W.R., S.W. Baxter, C. Pardo-Diaz, J.J. Hanly, S.H. Martin, J. Mallet, K.K. Dasmahapatra, C. Salazar, M. Joron, N. Nadeau,W.O. McMillan, and C.D. Jiggins. 2016. Evolutionary novelty in a butterfly wing pattern through enhancer shuffling. PLoS Biology 14:e1002353.


  • Sunday (April 24) – Conceptual Reflections

(I) Phylogenetic History and Multicellularity

  • Background Papers
  1. Erwin, D.E. 2015. Novelty and innovation in the history of life. Current Biology 25:R930–R940.
  2. Love, A.C., and G.L. Lugar. 2013. Dimensions of integration in interdisciplinary explanations of the origin of evolutionary novelty. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44:537–550.
  3. Niklas, K.J., and S.A. Newman. 2013. The origins of multicellular organisms. Evolution & Development 15:41–52.

(II) Definitions, Integrating Approaches, Inference, and Evidence

  • Background Papers
  1. Brigandt, I., and A.C. Love. 2012. Conceptualizing evolutionary novelty: moving beyond definitional debatesJournal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 318B:417–427.
  2. Griesemer, J.G. 2013. Integration of approaches in David Wake’s model-taxon research platform for evolutionary morphology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44:525–536.
  3. Larsson, H.C.E., and G.P. Wagner. 2012. Testing inferences in developmental evolution: the forensic evidence principleJournal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 318B:489–500.

General Background Readings

  1. Love, A.C. and D. Urban. 2016. Developmental evolution of novel structures – animals. In R. Kliman (ed.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press (Elsevier).
  2. Moczek, A. 2008. On the origins of novelty in development and evolution. BioEssays 30:432–47.
  3. Shubin, N., C. Tabin, and S. Carroll. 2009. Deep homology and the origins of evolutionary novelty. Nature 457:818–23.
  4. Wagner, G.P., and V.J. Lynch. 2010. Evolutionary novelties. Current Biology 20:R48–R52.