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Different but equal: the implausible assumption at the heart of neutral theory.

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1. The core assumption of neutral theory is that all individuals in a community have equal fitness regardless of species, and regardless of the species composition of the community. But, real communities consist of species exhibiting large trait differences; hence these differences must be subject to perfect fitness-equalizing trade-offs for neutrality to hold. 2. Here we explain that perfect equalizing trade-offs are extremely unlikely to occur in reality, because equality of fitness among s...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
The Journal of animal ecology
Volume:
79
Issue:
6
Pages:
1215-1225
Publication date:
2010-11-05
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EISSN:
1365-2656
ISSN:
0021-8790
URN:
uuid:54444da3-96ea-4f1a-8a30-fce20ec4a15d
Source identifiers:
411960
Local pid:
pubs:411960

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