Lactase Persistence and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: A Beneficial Framework for Studies of Human Evolution

by Katherine McLean The extended evolutionary synthesis (EES) is a novel paradigm for understanding evolution (Müller, 2007). It was proposed as a more comprehensive alternative to the existing modern synthesis (MS), the early 20th-century reconciliation of Charles Darwin’s and Albert Wallace’s theories of evolution via natural selection and Gregor Mendel’s theories on genetic inheritance mechanisms…