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dc.contributor.editorMadison, Paigeen_US
dc.creatorBarnes, M. Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-24T23:19:50Z
dc.date.available2014-07-24T23:19:50Z
dc.date.created2014-07-24en_US
dc.date.issued2014-07-24
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10776/8067
dc.description.abstractThe Law of Acceleration of Growth is a theory proposed by Edward Drinker Cope in the US during the nineteenth century. Cope developed it in an attempt to explain the evolution of genera by appealing to changes in the developmental timelines of organisms. Cope proposed this law as an additional theory to natural selection. He argued that the evolution of genera, the more general groups within which biologists group species, occurs when the individual in a species move through developmental stages faster than did their ancestors, but within the same fixed period of gestation, and thus can undergo new developmental stages and develop new traits. The Law of Acceleration compliments Cope's Law of Retardation of Growth. He described the later law as the process by which organisms revert to an ancestral stage. In these cases, forces suppress the most recent traits or stages common to the development of individuals from different species within the same genus. Cope described evolution as progressive, following a predetermined path, a perspective about evolution sometimes called orthogenetic. Cope's was one among many orthogenic theories in the second half of the nineteenth century. Furthermore, the theory was part of a trend in nineteenth century in which some biologists claimed that the changes in developmental timing of organisms could explain large changes in biological forms throughout natural history.en_US
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherArizona State University. School of Life Sciences. Center for Biology and Society. Embryo Project Encyclopedia.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofEmbryo Project Encyclopediaen_US
dc.rightsCopyright Arizona Board of Regentsen_US
dc.subjectConcepten_US
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshEvolutionen_US
dc.subject.lcshCope, E. D. (Edward Drinker), 1840-1897en_US
dc.subject.lcshGenusen_US
dc.subject.lcshUniversity of Pennsylvaniaen_US
dc.subject.meshgrowth and developmenten_US
dc.titleEdward Drinker Cope's Law of Acceleration of Growthen_US
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dc.subject.embryoTheoriesen_US
dc.subject.tagorthogensisen_US
dc.description.typeArticlesen_US


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