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Adaptations: Meanings

  1. Hudson K Reeve,
  2. Paul W Sherman

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001707



How to Cite

Reeve, H. K. and Sherman, P. W. 2001. Adaptations: Meanings. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


An adaptation is the phenotypic variant that has the highest reproductive success among a well-specified set of variants in a given environment.


  • adaptation;
  • teleonomy;
  • evolutionary history;
  • phenotype existence;
  • fitness