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New take on the Red Queen

Biologists have assumed that natural selection shapes larger patterns of evolution through interactions such as competition and predation. These patterns may instead be determined by rare, stochastic speciation.

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Benton, M. New take on the Red Queen. Nature 463, 306–307 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/463306a

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