What does the Comparative Method Reveal About Adaptation?

@article{Leroi1994WhatDT,
  title={What does the Comparative Method Reveal About Adaptation?},
  author={Armand M. Leroi and M. Rose and George V. Lauder},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1994},
  volume={143},
  pages={381 - 402}
}
It has been suggested recently that new quantitative methods for analyzing comparative data permit the identification of evolutionary processes. Specifically, it has been proposed that new comparative methods can distinguish the direct effects of natural selection on the distribution of a trait within a clade from the effects of drift, indirect selection, genotype-by-environment interaction, and uncontrolled environmental variation. Such methods can supposedly unravel the relative importance of… Expand
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