Faculty Publications

Title

Fertility selection, genetic selection and evolution

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Evolution, Fertility selection, Near neutral, Selection

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Volume

13

Issue

5

First Page

786

Last Page

791

Abstract

The relationship between fertility selection as measured by the correlation in progeny number between parents and offspring, and selection at individual loci is investigated in humans. Estimates for the magnitude of fertility selection (0.1) and the rate of gene substitution (0.5 gene substitutions per generation per genome) are used in various mathematical models for selection. It is found that the observed magnitude of fertility selection cannot be explained by non-epistatic directional selection at individual loci. A symmetric quantitative directional selection model is consistent with the observed data. But it is possible that fertility selection does not have a genetic basis.

Original Publication Date

10-9-2000

DOI of published version

10.1046/j.1420-9101.2000.00218.x

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