The evolution of species interactions

Science. 1999 Jun 25;284(5423):2116-8. doi: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2116.


Interactions between species are as evolutionarily malleable as the species themselves and have played a central role in the diversification and organization of life. This malleability creates complex geographic mosaics in interspecific interactions that can evolve rapidly over decades, blurring the distinction between evolutionary time and ecological time and making the study of coevolution crucial for human health and welfare.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Ecosystem*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Parasites / pathogenicity
  • Selection, Genetic*
  • Virulence / genetics