Morphological Diversity and the Roles of Contingency, Chance and Determinism in African Cichlid Radiations

@article{Young2009MorphologicalDA,
  title={Morphological Diversity and the Roles of Contingency, Chance and Determinism in African Cichlid Radiations},
  author={Kyle A. Young and Jos Snoeks and Ole Seehausen},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={288 - 814}
}
BACKGROUND Deterministic evolution, phylogenetic contingency and evolutionary chance each can influence patterns of morphological diversification during adaptive radiation. In comparative studies of replicate radiations, convergence in a common morphospace implicates determinism, whereas non-convergence suggests the importance of contingency or chance. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The endemic cichlid fish assemblages of the three African great lakes have evolved similar sets of ecomorphs… CONTINUE READING
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