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Vol. 53, No. 1-4, 1989
Issue release date: 1989
Section title: New Quantitative Developments in Primatology and Anthropology
Folia Primatol 1989;53:203–220
(DOI:10.1159/000156417)

Comparative Methods for Examining Adaptation Depend on Evolutionary Models

Pagel M.D. · Harvey P.H.
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK

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Abstract of New Quantitative Developments in Primatology and Anthropology

Published online: 9/11/2008
Issue release date: 1989

Number of Print Pages: 18
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Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

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Abstract

Comparisons among taxa provide a powerful means for helping to understand why primate species differ from each other in morphology, behaviour and life history. Comparative tests can also mislead when not applied correctly, and correct application means taking into account the phylogenetic relationships among the species being compared. Adaptation is defined as a comparative concept. The reasons for phenotypic similarity among closely related taxa are summarized. Different models of evolutionary change dictate different methods for reconstructing ancestral character states and for performing comparative analyses on categorical and continuously varying characters. All comparative methods rely either implicitly or explicitly on some model of how evolution proceeds. The choice of a particular method of analysis is, therefore, an implicit choice of a model of evolution.

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Mark D. Pagel, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, GB-Oxford OX1 3PS (UK)

  

Article Information

Published online: September 11, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 18

  

Publication Details

Folia Primatologica (International Journal of PrimatologyInternationale Zeitschrift für PrimatologieJournal international de Primatologie)

Vol. 53, No. 1-4, Year 1989 (Cover Date: 1989)

Journal Editor: Crompton R.H. (Liverpool)
ISSN: 0015–5713 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of New Quantitative Developments in Primatology and Anthropology

Published online: 9/11/2008
Issue release date: 1989

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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