, Volume 112, Issue 1, pp 9–32

The adaptive landscape as a conceptual bridge between micro- and macroevolution


  • Stevan J. Arnold
    • Department of ZoologyOregon State University
  • Michael E. Pfrender
    • Department of ZoologyOregon State University
  • Adam G. Jones
    • Department of ZoologyOregon State University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013373907708

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Arnold, S.J., Pfrender, M.E. & Jones, A.G. Genetica (2001) 112: 9. doi:10.1023/A:1013373907708


An adaptive landscape concept outlined by G.G. Simpson constitutes the major conceptual bridge between the fields of micro- and macroevolutionary study. Despite some important theoretical extensions since 1944, this conceptual bridge has been ignored in many empirical studies. In this article, we review the status of theoretical work and emphasize the importance of models for peak movement. Although much theoretical work has been devoted to evolution on stationary, unchanging landscapes, an important new development is a focus on the evolution of the landscape itself. We also sketch an agenda of empirical issues that is inspired by theoretical developments.

adaptive landscapemacroevolutionmicroevolutionphenotypic evolutionquantitative geneticsselection surfaceselective line of least resistance
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