Arms races between and within species

  title={Arms races between and within species},
  author={R. Dawkins and J. Krebs},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={489 - 511}
  • R. Dawkins, J. Krebs
  • Published 1979
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • An adaptation in one lineage (e. g. predators) may change the selection pressure on another lineage (e. g. prey), giving rise to a counter-adaptation. If this occurs reciprocally, an unstable runaway escalation or ‘arms race’ may result. We discuss various factors which might give one side an advantage in an arms race. For example, a lineage under strong selection may out-evolve a weakly selected one (‘the life-dinner principle’). We then classify arms races in two independent ways. They may be… CONTINUE READING

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