Adaptation and Natural Selection: Overview

Abstract

Adaptation is both an evolutionary process and a product of natural selection: adaptation is a process of evolution in which traits are modified by natural selection; an adaptation is a phenotypic trait moulded by natural selection. In both cases the evolution is driven by natural selection.

Keywords: evolution; genetic variation; fitness

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Mitton, Jeffry B(Mar 2002) Adaptation and Natural Selection: Overview. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001706]