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Ehrlich and Raven escape and radiate coevolution hypothesis at different levels of organization: Past and future perspectives

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Cogni, Rodrigo ; Quental, Tiago B. ; Guimaraes Jr, Paulo R.
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Evolution; v. 76, n. 6, p. 16-pg., 2022-03-23.

The classic paper by Ehrlich and Raven on coevolution will soon be 60 years old. Although they were not the first to develop the idea of coevolution, their thought-provoking paper certainly popularized this idea and inspired several generations of scientists interested in coevolution. Here, we describe some of their main contributions, quantitatively measure the impact of their seminal paper on different fields of research, and discuss how ideas related to their original paper might push the study of coevolution forward. To guide our discussion, we explore their original hypothesis into three research fields that are associated with distinct scales/levels of organization: (1) the genetic mechanisms underlying coevolutionary interactions; (2) the potential association between coevolutionary diversification and the organization of ecological networks; and (3) the micro- and macroevolutionary mechanisms and expected patterns under their hypothesis. By doing so, we discuss potentially overlooked aspects and future directions for the study of coevolutionary dynamics and diversification. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 21/06780-4 - The deep time drivers of biodiversity at the local, regional and global scales
Grantee:Tiago Bosisio Quental
Support Opportunities: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
FAPESP's process: 18/14809-0 - Evolutionary dynamics in ecological networks
Grantee:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
FAPESP's process: 13/25991-0 - Ecological genomics of insects: climate adaptations and evolution of ecological interactions
Grantee:Rodrigo Cogni
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants