Sewall Wright ’ s adaptive landscapes : 1932 vs . 1988

  title={Sewall Wright ’ s adaptive landscapes : 1932 vs . 1988},
  author={Massimo Pigliucci},
Sewall Wright introduced the metaphor of evolution on ‘‘adaptive landscapes’’ in a pair of papers published in 1931 and 1932. The metaphor has been one of the most influential in modern evolutionary biology, although recent theoretical advancements show that it is deeply flawed and may have actually created research questions that are not, in fact, fecund. In this paper I examine in detail what Wright actually said in the 1932 paper, as well as what he thought of the matter at the very end of… CONTINUE READING

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