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Soc Biol. 1992 Fall-Winter;39(3-4):310-5.

Assortative versus selective mating: is the distinction worthwhile?

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Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.


The study examines the distinction between assortative and selective mating made by Lewontin, Kirk, and Crow in 1968 and finds it unproductive. Not only has the difference been ignored on many occasions even as it was invoked, but maintaining it obscures several useful properties of both nonrandom mating schemes and some formally equivalent systems such as fertility selection. The elucidation of these similarities could have accelerated the work of population biologists.

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