The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

By the best selling author of The Selfish Gene 'This entertaining and thought-provoking book is an excellent illustration of why the study of evolution is in such an exciting ferment these days.' - Science

'The Extended Phenotype is a sequel to The Selfish Gene ...he writes so clearly it could be understood by anyone prepared to make the effort' - John Maynard Smith, London Review of Books

'Dawkins is quite incapable of being boring this characteristically brilliant and stimulating book is original and provocative throughout, and immensely enjoyable.' - G. A. Parker, Heredity

'The extended phenotype is certainly a big idea and it is pressed hard in dramatic language.' - Sydney Brenner, Nature

'Richard Dawkins, our most radical Darwinian thinker, is also our best science writer.' - Douglas Adams

'Dawkins is a superb communicator. His books are some of the best books ever written on science.' - Megan Tressider, Guardian

'Dawkins is a genius of science popularization.' - Mark Ridley, The Times


The Extended Phenotype (EP) is a biological concept introduced by Richard Dawkins in a 1982 book with the same title. 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 of the body of the individual organism.

Dawkins considers the Extended Phenotype to be his principal contribution to evolutionary theory. - Wikipedia


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