Pluralism in evolutionary theory

Dieckmann U & Doebeli M (2005). Pluralism in evolutionary theory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18 (5): 1209-1213. DOI:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2005.00960.x.

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Abstract

The review by Waxman and Gavrilets (Waxman and Gavrilets 2005) illustrates the collision of different mindsets in evolutionary theory. These differences originate from the awe-inspiring complexity of the evolutionary process itself: evolutionary understanding critically depends on processes at many biological levels. Starting out with base pairs and their sequences, scholars of evolution have to consider -- in the order of biological complexity -- alleles, quantitative allelic traits, physiological and morphological traits, life-history traits, demographic rates, fitness, changes in genotype frequencies, population population dynamics, trait substitution sequences, and population bifurcations, to eventually arrive at the levels of ecological communities and the biosphere. It would appear that no other field of contemporary science sports comparable ambitions.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Adaptive Dynamics Network (ADN)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Evolutionary Biology; 18(5):1209-1213 (September 2005) (Published online 25 August 2005)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 13:14
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7502

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