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Advantages:
  • determines the fitness of an organism by direct application.
  • employs a wide range of criteria
  • provides for opportunism
Disadvantages:
  • involves a lot of chance.
  • some organisms escape the full range of possible criteria
  • is under employed in boom times, over-employed in lean times.
  • recessive traits 'hide' from the process.
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