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Inferring natural selection in a fossil threespine stickleback

Michael A. Bell, Matthew P. Travis and D. Max Blouw
Inferring natural selection in a fossil threespine stickleback
Paleobiology (December 2006) 32 (4): 562-577


Inferring the causes for change in the fossil record has been a persistent problem in evolutionary biology. Three independent lines of evidence indicate that a lineage of the fossil stickleback fish Gasterosteus doryssus experienced directional natural selection for reduction of armor. Nonetheless, application to this lineage of three methods to infer natural selection in the fossil record could not exclude random process as the cause for armor change. Excluding stabilizing selection and genetic drift as the mechanisms for biostratigraphic patterns in the fossil record when directional natural selection was the actual cause is very difficult. Biostratigraphic sequences with extremely fine temporal resolution among samples and other favorable properties must be used to infer directional selection in the fossil record.

ISSN: 0094-8373
EISSN: 1938-5331
Serial Title: Paleobiology
Serial Volume: 32
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Inferring natural selection in a fossil threespine stickleback
Affiliation: Stony Brook University, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook, NY, United States
Pages: 562-577
Published: 200612
Text Language: English
Publisher: Paleontological Society, Lawrence, KS, United States
References: 66
Accession Number: 2007-006233
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendix
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
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Secondary Affiliation: University of Northern British Columbia, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, The Paleontological Society. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200703
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