Species Selection


Species selection is a hypothesized cause of macroevolutionary trends or stasis, which requires that variation among taxa in their traits causes variation in their speciation and extinction rates.

Keywords: species selection; macroevolution; speciation; extinction


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Crespi, Bernard J(Apr 2001) Species Selection. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001665]