The Effects of Selection and Bottlenecks on Male Mating Success in Peripheral Isolates

  title={The Effects of Selection and Bottlenecks on Male Mating Success in Peripheral Isolates},
  author={Arne O. Mooers and Howard D. Rundle and Michael C. Whitlock},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={437 - 444}
Mayr (1954, 1963) suggested that new biological barriers to gene flow often require genetic revolutions to break up the well-integrated genetic systems that he felt characterized species (see Barton and Charlesworth 1984 for a discussion). Influenced by Wright (1940), Mayr suggested a prominent role for small founder populations located at the edge of a species’ range (peripheral isolates) where isolation and subsequent drift could lead to incipient speciation. Mayr’s intuitive peripheral… 

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