Blackwell Publishing

Quantitative genetics

This tutorial examines Darwin’s finches: a good example of the kind of character studied by quantitative genetics. We move on to the theoretical apparatus used to analyse characters controlled by large numbers of unidentified genes. The influences on these characters are divided into environmental and genetic, and the genetic influences are divided into those that are inherited and influence the form of the offspring and those that are not. With the theoretical apparatus in place, we can apply some evolutionary evolutionary questions in both artificial and natural examples.

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