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Experimental Evolution

Edited by Theodore

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001
Experimental Evolution

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Experimental approaches to evolution provide indisputable evidence of evolution by directly observing the process at work. Experimental evolution deliberately duplicates evolutionary processes—forcing life histories to evolve, producing adaptations to stressful environmental conditions, and generating lineage splitting to create incipient species. This book summarizes studies in experimental evolution, outlining current techniques and applications, and presenting the field's full range of research—from selection in the laboratory to the manipulation of populations in the wild. It provides work on such key biological problems as the evolution of Darwinian fitness, sexual reproduction, life history, athletic performance, and learning.

Keywords: experimental evolution; adaptations; environmental conditions; lineage splitting; incipient species; Darwinian fitness; sexual reproduction; life history; athletic performance; learning

Book.  752 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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