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The Extended Phenotype

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The Extended Phenotype is a 1982 book by Richard Dawkins, in which the author introduced a biological concept of the same name. The main idea is that phenotype should not be limited to biological processes such as protein biosynthesis or tissue growth, but extended to include all effects that a gene has on its environment, inside or outside the body of the individual organism. Dawkins considers The Extended Phenotype to be a sequel to The Selfish Gene (1976) aimed at professional biologists, and as his principal contribution to evolutionary theory.
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original title: The Extended Phenotype
date of publication: 1982
genre: essay
main subject: evolutionary biology
follows: The Selfish Gene
followed by: The Blind Watchmaker

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