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Recent Advances in the Theory and Application of Fitness Landscapes

Volume 6 of the series Emergence, Complexity and Computation pp 301-338

Red Queen Coevolution on Fitness Landscapes

  • Ricard V. SoléAffiliated withICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu FabraInstitut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)Santa Fe Institute
  • , Josep SardanyésAffiliated withICREA-Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu FabraInstitut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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Abstract

Species do not merely evolve, they also coevolve with other organisms. Coevolution is a major force driving interacting species to continuously evolve exploring their fitness landscapes. Coevolution involves the coupling of species fitness landscapes, linking species genetic changes with their inter-specific ecological interactions. Here we first introduce the Red Queen hypothesis of evolution commenting on some theoretical aspects and empirical evidences. As an introduction to the fitness landscape concept, we review key issues on evolution on simple and rugged fitness landscapes. Then we present key modeling examples of coevolution on different fitness landscapes at different scales, from RNA viruses to complex ecosystems and macroevolution.