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In Pigliucci (2004) (repeated in Hansen (2006)) the mutational variance is defined as being the new additive genetic variance entering in the population each generation due to mutations. In consequence the mutational variance is not define at the level of the mutation in the sense that we do not care about how many mutations yield to this new genetic ...


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Mike Taylor's answer is well-researched and inspired the following thought experiment that might help you. Imagine a predator of the cicada which takes several years to reach maturity(say, five). The population of this predator is distributed evenly across all the different stages of its life cycle, at least at first. One year there is a cicada eruption ...


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New Answer, based on first comment by user2686410 and subsequent edits to the question. I have interpreted "synchronizing their own generations to divisors..." to mean synchronizing the length of the life cycle. I am happy to hear of another interpretation. First, the overall goal of Goles et al. (2001) does not seem to test hypotheses related to the ...



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