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Theoretical Evolutionary Genetics

a draft text by

Joe Felsenstein

Department of Genome Sciences

University of Washington


This is a text which is used in my Genome 562 course. It was originally written in the late 1970's A major part of the new chapter on molecular population genetics and most of a chapter on multiple linked loci, plus a chapter on polygenic characters in natural populations, has been added more recently. It was to be a book, but I became involved in work on phylogenies, and it has been published as lecture notes ever since. A small amount of new material has been added each time it was privately reprinted by me for use in my class. It was originally on a magnetic-card storage system for electric typewriters, and then migrated to the Runoff family of mathematical text formatting systems, and finally to LaTeX with Postscript figures.

I am gradually finishing it, year by year. In the meantime:

This book is Copyright, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Joseph Felsenstein. All rights reserved.

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