My idea is that nutrient chemical-dependent ecological niche construction and pheromone-dependent social niche construction contribute equally to the neurogenic niche construction that is responsible for adaptive evolution, development of the mammalian brain, and construction of our socio-cognitive niche.
— as modeled across the ecological, social and neurogenic niche construction that contribute to the adaptive evolution of our cognitive niche.
As readers learn more about adaptive evolution, I hope they will return to Pheromones.com to learn what additional progress is being made in detailing how olfaction and odor receptors provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans.
Suddenly, “epigenetic rules” offer explanatory power about half-way through the book, which allows him to link everything except olfactory/pheromonal input to group selection and an attack in the last chapters on religious beliefs.
Nutrient chemicals cause ecological niches to form that enable interactions among the conspecifics of social niches. Nutrition and pheromones are both required for epigenetic effects on development of a neurogenic niche in the honeybee brain and a hypothalamic neurogenic niche in the mammalian brain.
“The findings also provide a framework for understanding fascinating evolutionary questions, such as why humans of different ethnicities have distinct facial features and how these are embedded in our genome.”
Evolution of the genotype and its phenotypic expression can only be coherently addressed via the gene, cell, tissue, organ, organ system pathway. No part of this pathway lies outside the congruency of consilience.
I’ve dismissed evolutionary theory that involves random mutations, and used the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheromonal input on OR variants, which provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans,
The honeybee is an invertebrate model organism that exemplifies the vertebrate molecular mechanisms of evolution via pre-existing genetic variation, not random mutation, that are detailed here.