Too simple models may predict the island rule for the wrong reasons

José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho*, Shai Meiri, Joaquin Hortal, Ana M.C. Santos, Pasquale Raia

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Biddick & Burns (2021) proposed a null/neutral model that reproduces the island rule as a product of random drift. We agree that it is unnecessary to assume adaptive processes driving island dwarfing or gigantism, but several flaws make their approach unrealistic and thus unsuitable as a stochastic model for evolutionary size changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2521-2523
Number of pages3
JournalEcology Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


FundersFunder number
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás
Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia para Excitotoxicidade e Neuroproteção


    • adaptation
    • body mass
    • genetic drift
    • island rule
    • macroecology
    • macroevolution
    • neutral models
    • null models
    • quantitative genetics
    • randomisation


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