The contribution of neutral evolution and adaptive processes in driving phenotypic divergence in a model mammalian species, the Andean fox Lycalopex culpaeus

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  • 06-03-2018

Pablo A. Martinez Monica V. Pia Ilham A. Bahechar Wagner F. Molina Claudio J. Bidau Juan I. Montoya‐Burgos. Journal of Biogeography. 2018;45:1114–1125

Understanding the mechanisms that drive phenotypic divergence along climatic gradients is a long‐standing goal of biogeography. To fulfil this objective, we tested if neutral and/or adaptive effects drive phenotypic diversification. We quantified the effects of neutral evolution and natural selection on morphological variability of a well‐suited mammalian species, the fox, Lycalopex culpaeus.

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