Re: Evolution, "adaptation", and what's currently adaptive

Bryant (
4 Sep 1996 14:51:47 -0600

In article <>,
Len Piotrowski <> wrote:
>Thanks, Susan, for reminding me about that term. In my own crude way I was
>trying to make a similar point with my criticism of the process of functional

No you weren't. Exaptations are adaptations no longer used for the
original function they served. They are adaptations--just outdated ones,
or ones being used in novel ways that weren't originally selected for.

>At any rate, does the concept of exaptation make all adaptations suspect as
>pre-suppositions of a "purpose?"

Hardly. See above.