Long-term evolution, short-term evolution, and population genetic theory

Ilan Eshel, Marcus W. Feldman, Aviv Bergman

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This paper is intended to reconcile the two most widely used approaches to quantitative evolutionary theory: exact population genetic analysis and purely phenotypic analysis commonly cast in terms of population game theory or evolutionary stable strategies (ESS). To this end, we introduce a dichotomy between long- and short-term evolution. The latter is the domain of most population genetic theory while the former provides a paradigm to connect population genetics with population game theory. Convergence to an ESS in multilocus genetic systems is discussed in terms of long-term evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 21 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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