Chapter

Ontogeny

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.003.0011
Ontogeny

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After having considered the flow of information as an irreversible process during the life of an individual, the chapter deals with the three main stages of ontogeny: Development, maturity, and aging. Then, the intrinsic randomness of the organism as one of the main sources of variations among individuals is considered as well as the most important aspect in which the ontogenetic information control of the organism is displayed: The construction of environmental niches.

Keywords: ontogeny; plasticity; homeorhesis; homeorhetic plateau; development; maturity; aging; variation; environmental niche

Chapter.  7922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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