Why is the frozen plasticity theory better than earlier evolutionary theories of the evolution of adaptive traits?
The frozen plasticity theory can explain a broader spectrum of biological phenomena than the earlier theories by Darwin and Dawkins. The frozen plasticity theory suggests that a certain rather probable hypothesis on the nature of evolutionary stasis (frequency-dependent selection and pleiotropy-based elasticity of genetically polymorphic species) and evolutionary plasticity (loss of genetic polymorphism due to the founder effect during peripatric speciation, and drift following it) could have a very important impact, not only on macroevolutionary but also microevolutionary and ecological processes. In fact, the picture of evolutionary and ecological processes presented by the frozen plasticity theory differs in many respects from that provided by the current textbook theory of evolution. Most of these predictions could be tested empirically and should be analyzed in greater depth theoretically. In my opinion, the frozen plasticity theory, which includes the Darwinian model of evolution as a special case - the evolution of species in a plastic state - not only offers plenty of new predictions to be tested, but also provides explanations for a much broader spectrum of known biological phenomena than classic evolutionary theories.
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