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On the persistence of random genetic drift

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2016

Peter L. Antonelli
University of Alberta
Kenneth Morgan
University of Alberta


It is demonstrated that standard Brownian motion in the tangent plane at the centroid of frequency space does not well approximate the discrete Wright—Fisher process for more than 2N generations where N is the effective population size. This result is obtained using Wright's concept of negligible mutation rate for the study of systematic evolutionary effects together with Ludwig's notion of the persistence of a dynamical system. This work may be viewed as a mathematical elaboration of a portion of Wright's shifting balance theory of evolution.

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