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Pillars of Evolution: Fundamental principles of the eco-evolutionary process

Douglas W. Morris and Per Lundberg


This book begins by leading readers through the mechanics of heredity, reproduction, movement, survival, and development. With that framework in place, it explores the numerous ways that traits emerge from the interactions among genetics, development, and environment. The key message is that adaptive changes in traits, and underlying allelic frequencies, evolve through the traits’ function and its connection with fitness. The complex mappings from genes-to-traits-to-fitness are characterized in the structure of evolution. A single ‘structure matrix’ describes why individuals vary in the values ... More

Keywords: adaptation, natural selection, evolutionary fitness, scale of evolution, adaptive dynamics, mechanics of evolution, world view, eco-evoloutionary process, evolutionary games

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas W. Morris, author
Department of Biology, Lakehead University, Canada

Per Lundberg, author
Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

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