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I argue that, while Finlay et al, are correct to suggest that there are developmental regularities (or constraints) acting on brain component evolution, they are incorrect to infer from this that a developmental explanation necessarily implies that structural changes preceded functional use. Developmental and functional (adaptationist) explanations are complementary, not alternatives.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X01273956

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Publication Date

22/08/2001

Volume

24