Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Dawkins, Richard

Kenya-born British theoretical evolutionary biologist at Oxford; student of ethologist Niko Tinbergen, and one of the foremost popularizers of reductionism and the adaptationist program. Dawkins views organisms as survival machines; he developed an ethology of the gene, in which the evolution of selfish DNA takes priority over the whole organism. Author of The Selfish Gene (1976), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), and The Extended Phenotype (1992). Dawkins has been awarded numerous literary and scientific prizes.

See replicator and selfish DNA.

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