Repeated evolution and the impact of evolutionary history on adaptation

@inproceedings{Ord2015RepeatedEA,
  title={Repeated evolution and the impact of evolutionary history on adaptation},
  author={Terry J Ord and Thomas C. Summers},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2015}
}
Whether natural selection can erase the imprint of past evolutionary history from phenotypes has been a topic of much debate. A key source of evidence that present-day selection can override historically contingent effects comes from the repeated evolution of similar adaptations in different taxa. Yet classic examples of repeated evolution are often among closely related taxa, suggesting the likelihood that similar adaptations evolve is contingent on the length of time separating taxa. To… CONTINUE READING