Limits to natural selection
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Special Issue: Evolutionary Processes
Volume 22, Issue 12, pages 1075–1084, December 2000
How to Cite
Barton, N. and Partridge, L. (2000), Limits to natural selection. Bioessays, 22: 1075–1084. doi: 10.1002/1521-1878(200012)22:12<1075::AID-BIES5>3.0.CO;2-M
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2000
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2000
- Darwin Trust of Edinburgh
We review the various factors that limit adaptation by natural selection. Recent discussion of constraints on selection and, conversely, of the factors that enhance “evolvability”, have concentrated on the kinds of variation that can be produced. Here, we emphasise that adaptation depends on how the various evolutionary processes shape variation in populations. We survey the limits that population genetics places on adaptive evolution, and discuss the relationship between disparate literatures. BioEssays 22:1075–1084, 2000. © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.