Tipping points in the dynamics of speciation

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Authors Patrik Nosil, Jeffrey L. Feder, Samuel M. Flaxman, Zachariah Gompert
Journal/Conference Name Nature Ecology and Evolution
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Paper Abstract Speciation can be gradual or sudden and involve few or many genetic changes. Inferring the processes generating such patterns is difficult, and may require consideration of emergent and non-linear properties of speciation, such as when small changes at tipping points have large effects on differentiation. Tipping points involve positive feedback and indirect selection stemming from associations between genomic regions, bi-stability due to effects of initial conditions and evolutionary history, and dependence on modularity of system components. These features are associated with sudden ‘regime shifts’ in other cellular, ecological, and societal systems. Thus, tools used to understand other complex systems could be fruitfully applied in speciation research.
Date of publication 2017
Code Programming Language Mathematica
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