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Roles of mitonuclear ecology and sex in conceptualizing evolutionary fitness

Heine, Kyle and Shech, Elay (2021) Roles of mitonuclear ecology and sex in conceptualizing evolutionary fitness. [Preprint]

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We look to mitonuclear ecology and the phenomenon of Mother’s Curse to argue that the sex of parents and offspring among populations of eukaryotic organisms, as well as the mitochondrial genome, ought to be taken into account in the conceptualization of evolutionary fitness. Subsequently, we show how characterizations of fitness considered by philosophers that do not take sex and the mitochondrial genome into account may suffer. Last, we reflect on the debate regarding the fundamentality of trait versus organism fitness and gesture at the idea that the former lies at the conceptual basis of evolutionary theory.

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Item Type: Preprint
Heine, Kyle
Shech, Elay
Keywords: Evolutionary Fitness, Trait Fitness, Organismic Fitness
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Depositing User: Dr. Elay Shech
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2021 14:31
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2021 14:31
Item ID: 18894
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Date: 7 April 2021

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