The Modern Synthesis embodies a theory of natural selection where selection is to be fundamentally understood in terms of measures of fitness and the covariance of reproductive success and trait or character variables. Whether made explicit or left implicit, the notion that selection requires that some trait variable cause reproductive success has been deemphasized in our modern understanding of exactly what selection amounts to. The dissertation seeks to advance a theory of natural selection that is fundamentally causal.
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- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2016Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-142)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Biology