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  • The tendency of a population to produce a relatively consistent phenotype in spite of genetic or environmental variations; relative insensitivity to genetic or environmental variations. (OED 2017)

    The canalization of an environmentally induced character is accounted for if it is an advantage for the adult animal to have some optimum degree of development of the character.

    Waddington, C.H. (1942). Canalization of development and the inheritance of acquired characters. Nature 150, 563-565: 565.


    A well-knit system of canalization tends to narrow down the evolutionary potential quite severely.

    Mayr, E. (1963). Animal Species and Evolution: 218.