Red Queen Coevolution on Fitness Landscapes

  title={Red Queen Coevolution on Fitness Landscapes},
  author={Ricard V. Sol{\'e} and Josep Sardany{\'e}s},
  journal={arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems},
  • R. Solé, J. Sardanyés
  • Published 22 March 2013
  • Biology, Physics
  • arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems
Species do not merely evolve, they also coevolve with other organisms. Coevolution is a major force driving interacting species to continuously evolve exploring their fitness landscapes. Coevolution involves the coupling of species fitness landscapes, linking species genetic changes with their inter-specific ecological interactions. Here we first introduce the Red Queen hypothesis of evolution commenting on some theoretical aspects and empirical evidences. As an introduction to the fitness… 
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