Data from: Temporal variation favors the evolution of generalists in experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster

Catriona Condon, Brandon S. Cooper, Sam Yeaman, & Michael J. Angilletta
In variable environments, selection should favor generalists that maintain fitness across a range of conditions. However, costs of adaptation may generate fitness trade-offs and lead to some compromise between specialization and generalization that maximizes fitness. Here, we evaluate the evolution of specialization and generalization in 20 populations of Drosophila melanogaster experimentally evolved in constant and variable thermal environments for 3 years. We developed genotypes from each population at two temperatures after which we measured fecundity...
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