The end of the adaptive landscape metaphor?

  title={The end of the adaptive landscape metaphor?},
  author={Jonathan Michael Kaplan},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  • J. Kaplan
  • Published 5 June 2008
  • Sociology
  • Biology & Philosophy
The concepts of adaptive/fitness landscapes and adaptive peaks are a central part of much of contemporary evolutionary biology; the concepts are introduced in introductory texts, developed in more detail in graduate-level treatments, and are used extensively in papers published in the major journals in the field. The appeal of visualizing the process of evolution in terms of the movement of populations on such landscapes is very strong; as one becomes familiar with the metaphor, one often… 

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