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Different but equal: the implausible assumption at the heart of neutral theory

The Journal of Animal Ecology

Aug 24, 2010

Drew W Purves, Lindsay Ann Turnbull

Abstract

1. The core assumption of neutral theory is that all individuals in a community have equal fitness regardless of species, and regardless of the species composition of the community. But, real communities consist of species exhibiting large trait differences; hence these differences must...read more

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Genetic Fitness
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EAF2 gene
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Different but equal: the implausible assumption at the heart of neutral theory

The Journal of Animal Ecology

Aug 24, 2010

Drew W Purves, Lindsay Ann Turnbull

PMID: 20726922

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01738.x

Abstract

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Genetic Fitness
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Species Differences
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2
1
242
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