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Darwin-L Message Log 5:205 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:205>From azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu  Fri Jan 28 20:40:44 1994

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 94 20:49:14 CST
From: "asia z lerner" <azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: tools

	Comments on the action of selection in human populations have
	incorporated the concept of "fitness" (as in -- my paraphrase--
	"3rd-world populations are more fit than populations in developed
	countries, because they have more children").  Fitness is a
	measure of an individual allele's reproductive success in a particular
	environment, relative to other versions (alleles) of that gene.
	 [....]
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	      #     James D. Felley, Computer Specialist                  #

It seems to me that this definition is specifically geared towards
inter-species selection, but what about intra-species competition?
Species A could very well cause the extinction of species B because
it posesses genetic coding for traits that species B does not, in
principle, have, which according to the above definition would prevent
the possibility of competition.

Asia

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