Autonomization of Development

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Autonomization of Development


in biology a type of ontogenetic evolution consisting of reduced dependence on external influences of the processes of form development which occur in the developing organism; one of the important lines of evolution in which the plant or animal organism is freed, as it were, from short-term and random influence of the environment and thereby becomes more autonomous. It is at the lower stages of organic life that the dependence of the individual on the environment is most direct. Later, the basic determinative role shifts to internal factors, the specifics of reaction depending more and more on the organism itself. This shift takes place as a result of the selection of individuals that react more successfully than others to a more permanent (and hence more reliable) factor of the environment. Autonomization of development leads to stabilization of form development, heightened stability, increased plasticity, and increased individual adaptability of organisms.


Shmal’gauzen, I.I. Faktory evoliutsii, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1968.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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