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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes and Speciation

High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes and Speciation

(p.45) 3 High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes and Speciation
Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Sergey Gavrilets

The MIT Press

This chapter describes what happens when one takes seriously the idea that adaptive landscapes are mathematical constructs of very high dimensionality and surprising properties, and reviews a theory of fitness landscapes and a theory of speciation. It describes two particular directions for theoretical studies on the origins of biodiversity that are especially important for the unification of different branches of the life sciences, and shows the theoretical developments of the theory of multidimensional fitness landscapes and the emergence of a dynamical theory of speciation and diversification.

Keywords:   multidimensional fitness landscapes, speciation, diversification, biodiversity, life sciences, dynamical theory

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